Georgia Woman Allegedly Sets Mother On Fire. Watches While She Burns
Norcross, Georgia (The Weekly Vice)
-- Na Yong Pak, a 31- year-old Georgia woman was arrested Tuesday on
aggravated assault charges after she allegedly set her mother on fire.
Those charges were upgraded to murder after her mother died from her
injuries Wednesday morning.
The mother, 57-year-old Myong Hui
Pak, died at about 1:30 Wednesday morning at Grady Memorial Hospital,
according to Norcross Police.
According to investigators, Pak
threw gasoline on her mother, lit her on fire and then watched her burn
following a dispute inside their Langston Road townhouse.
reportedly stumbled out into the front yard of the residence and tried
to douse the flames with a garden hose before eventually collapsing in
the front yard. The front lawn remains charred from where Myong
Fire crews arrived shortly after 3 p.m. and found the
victim in the front yard. She was rushed to the Grady Memorial Hospital
burn unit, where she died about 10 hours later.
say Na Yong Pak had recently been released from Georgia Regional
Hospital where she was being treated for mental illness.
Pak, the father of the victim, said he and his son pleaded with hospital
staff to not release Na Yong, but they did anyway. Na Yong refused to
sign the discharge papers and told hospital staff that she would not
take the medication she was provided, according to the family.
state run hospitals in Georgia, including Georgia Regional, have
recently become targets of a federal investigation as being critically
deficient in their care. Georgia Regional was specifically cited as
having poor planning for patient care after hospital discharge,
according to reports.
Na Yong Pak made a first appearance in
court Wednesday afternoon on charges of murder and aggravated assault.
She is being held without bond.
The Weekly Vice Opinion:
problems exist in Georgia's state-run mental health care system. This
is not an isolated incident by a long shot. For those who wish to
research the issues surrounding Georgia's mental hospitals more
thoroughly, I highly recommend reading AJC's report on the situation.
The Weekly Vice
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