Philadelphia grandmother blinded in random acid attack, daughter says

Philadelphia grandmother blinded in random acid attack, daughter says


A Philadelphia grandmother was blinded during an unprovoked attack by a man who tossed acid into her face, her daughter and police said.

Helen Jones, 61, was leaving her home in the city’s Germantown section during the early morning of Oct. 6 when an unknown male assailant approached and doused her with what fire officials later determined was chlorosulfuric acid, police said.

“There was a man there and he was like, ‘Hey, are you good?’ As if he was inquiring about her safety, making sure she was OK,” Jones’ daughter, Aneesha Summerville, told WPVI. “And when she looked up to say yes, he threw the stuff in her face and ran off.”

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Jones — who had burns to her nose, mouth, eyes and throat — was rushed to a hospital in serious condition, police said, adding that a motive in the attack was unclear.

The suspect was a man with dark skin and a medium build who was wearing

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