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Police: Lititz man set woman on fire after brutal beating

LITITZ, Pa. (FOX43)- A man is facing felony charges after police said he brutally beat a woman and then threw lighter fluid on her genital area and lit her on f...
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Police: Lititz man set woman on fire after brutal beating

LITITZ, Pa. (FOX43)- A man is facing felony charges after police said he brutally beat a woman and then threw lighter fluid on her genital area and lit her on fire.

Donald Dale Hackman Jr., 46, of Lititz, is charged with arson, two counts of aggravated assault, three counts of simple assault and false imprisonment.

Officers were called to the Heart of Lancaster Hospital on Friday evening for a report of a woman who had been burned as a result of an assault.

According to police, the 43-year-old woman and her 7-year-old child had been staying with Hackman at his apartment along East Main Street for the past month. The investigation revealed that Hackman had been beating the woman over the course of several days, authorities said.

During one of the assaults, the woman told police Hackman poured lighter fuel on her genital area and lit her on fire. She suffered second and third-degree burns over her stomach, genital area and inner thighs, police said.  She was treated a local hospital and then transferred to the Leigh Valley Hospital Burn Center.

The victim told investigators that Hackman also locked her child in a closet for 20 minutes after he acted out when Hackman beat her, police said.

Hackman was arrested and taken to Lancaster County Prison in lieu of $500,000 bail.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Sept. 23.