Woman accused in boiling water attack pleads not guilty

The Daly City woman accused of pouring a pot of boiling hot water on her sleeping ex-husband in a fit of jealous rage pleaded not guilty to the charges Monday.

Jesusa Ursonal Tadad, 39, faces torture and aggravated mayhem charges in connection to the Nov. 26 incident that critically injured her ex-husband, whom she was living with.

According to prosecutors, the ex-hubby works the night shift and came home hoping for shut-eye. Tadad, who believed he may be cheating on her, allegedly waited until he was asleep before dousing him with boiling water, San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe said.

The victim awoke in intense pain and ran to the bathroom. When he came back out, Tadad was waiting with a baseball bat. She struck him in the head with it, Wagstaffe said.

The victim suffered second- and third-degree burns covering 60 percent of his body, the district attorney said.

Tadad remains in custody on $600,000 bail. She will next appear in court for a preliminary hearing on Jan. 18.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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