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article imagePolice: Instagram dispute leads to fight with 'hot cooking oil'

By Yukio Strachan     Feb 12, 2013 in Crime
Smyrna - Two women were left with second- and third-degree burns after being doused with hot cooking oil following an argument that began over a posting on the photo-sharing social media website, Instagram, police say.
Ashley Hardy told WSB-TV that she accompanied Jasmine Ragland, Shatericka Barrino and Stori Brown to the Cumberland Glen Apartments on Feb. 5 to support a friend feuding with an acquaintance “regarding some Instagram messages earlier in the day," the Marietta Daily Journal reported.
But once out of the car, Hardy told WSB-TV things started to change. That's when she saw the defendants, Zawadi Athenaiis Clark, Myzelle Chantel Armstrong, and Mykhal AntoinetteTait walking toward them carrying a pot of hot grease and a baseball bat, the warrant states, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
Stunned, the four women turned around and jumped back in the car. But it was too late. Two of the defendants allegedly pried open the driver's side door with the bat, while Clark doused Hardy and Ragland, sitting in the front, with the boiling oil, according to the arrest warrant obtained from Smyrna police.
“I couldn’t even scream. That was the thing, I couldn’t scream. I was just in shock because I didn’t believe it was happening to me at all,” Hardy told WSB-TV.
Barrino and Brown escaped injury, the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.
Hardy, who claims she wasn't the intended target, received third-degree burns on her leg and faces possible painful skin grafts or surgery.
“It’s hard for me to walk, bathe, just get up to use the bathroom, anything. Everyday things that I’m used to doing, it’s hard for me to do now,” Hardy told WSB-TV.
Hardy also said she didn't leave this experience without learning an important lesson.
“Don't ever show up at anybody's house after they tell you they’re trying to fight you or anything," she told WSB-TV. "Don’t show up. Just let it go, ignore it.”
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At around 11pm on Feb. 6, according to online records, police arrested the three defendants, charging them with felony battery with intent to disfigure. Bail was set at $40,000 each.
“You look at somebody who has been severely burned, third-degree burns. It may leave lifelong scars. It’s a pretty traumatic situation for the victim,” Smyrna Police spokesman Michael Smith told WSB-TV.
According to the Cobb County Sheriff's Office online booking report, Armstrong,17, of Smyrna, made bail after three days in jail; Clark, 20, of Marietta made bail after one day in jail. Tait, 20, of Atlanta is still in Cobb County jail.
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