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A Daly City woman who is charged with murdering her husband by burning him with boiling water and hitting him in the head with a baseball bat allegedly admitted to committing the crime before being taken into custody, a police officer said today.
Jesusa Ursonal Tatad, 40, appeared at a preliminary hearing in San Mateo County Superior Court to answer charges of murder, torture, two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, domestic violence and aggravated mayhem. Daly City police Officer Ira Perez was the first to arrive at the Westlake Village apartments in the 200 block of Coronado Avenue on Nov. 26, 2011, where Ronie Tatad, 36, had run from his apartment dressed in a wet T-shirt and briefs, shaking uncontrollably and covered in second- and third- degree burns. “He was burned from his face all the way down to his buttocks,” Perez said. “The skin on his hands was peeling off.” Perez said that the victim — although distressed and visibly suffering — was able to point to his ex-wife when he was asked who attacked him. “He said, ‘She burned me, she poured hot water on me,'” Perez said. The police officer then approached Tatad and asked her if she had attacked her ex-husband. The defendant replied “Yes, officer,” and was put in handcuffs, Perez said.
Ronie Tatad was taken to an intensive care unit at San Francisco General Hospital, where he died on Dec. 9. Daly City police Officer Gregg Oglesby said that an autopsy performed on Dec. 10 concluded that the official cause of death was “thermocutaneous burns.” Detectives who interviewed the defendant’s sister were told that Jesusa and Ronie had divorced in 2006, but still lived together in a studio apartment on Coronado Avenue.
On the day of the attack, Jesusa Tatad had allegedly become furious that the victim was cheating on her, despite the fact that they were no longer married, according to the district attorney’s office. Prosecutors believe the defendant waited for her ex-husband to fall asleep, then pulled back the covers and doused him with boiling water. When he jumped out of bed, the defendant allegedly hit him in the head with a baseball bat, according to the district attorney’s office. Tatad, who remains in custody without bail, has pleaded not guilty to all the charges against her.
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