A Spokane man accused of beating and burning his wife is facing an assault charge.
Ronald M. Pritchett, 45, was taken into custody Wednesday night after officers interviewed his wife at a Spokane hospital where she was treated for burn injuries from scalding cooking oil, according to the Spokane Police Department. The woman reportedly had two black eyes and bruises all over her body as well.
According to police, the couple began arguing while making dinner Tuesday night and Pritchett allegedly threw a pot of hot oil on her, burning her face, back and the right side of her body and then prevented her from seeking medical attention. The next day, after Pritchett left the house, the woman called authorities asking for help and was rushed to the hospital.
Pritchett was being held at the Spokane County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bond following a preliminary court appearance today. Police are recommending charges of second-degree assault.