SEWICKLEY TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – A man is behind bars Tuesday, facing numerous charges, including assault and harassment, after allegedly burning his wife’s face with a pot.

He’s accused of then burning it a second time by pouring hot soup on her face.

Police say the assault stemmed from an argument between a husband and wife inside the home they shared in Sewickley Township.

It was an alcohol-fueled argument that landed 55-year-old Stuart Waterhouse in prison and left his wife, 61-year-old Barbara, badly burned.

According to State Tpr. Eric Zona, when the argument ended, Barbara fell asleep on the sofa and that’s when her husband sat a hot pot on the left side of her face.

“When he put the soup pot on her face, he yelled at her to wake up, wake up, get up,” he said. “She said before she could get up off the couch, he poured the soup on her face, burning it a second time.”

After pouring tomato soup on his wife’s face, police say they each went their separate ways inside the house.

“She woke up early the next morning and packed clothes and went to a women’s shelter in the Greensburg area,” Zona said. “She had a couple of family members bring her here the following morning.”

Waterhouse was taken to Greensburg Barracks, where he was finger printed, charged and taken to prison. He told police he doesn’t remember burning his wife, because he was so drunk – but if she says he did it, he must have.

He remains at the Westmoreland County Prison on $50,000 bond.

He has a hearing March 3 and his wife told police she will testify against him.


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