JACKSON, Miss. (WJTV) — A woman is facing homicide charges after police said she burned her father with boiling water three months ago.
Commander Tyree Jones said that on Tuesday, investigators learned that the 81-year-old Earl Coleman’s death had been ruled a homicide.
His daughter, 55-year-old Diane Coleman, is being charged with murder.
Police said on September 3, they went to Reddix Street to respond to a domestic disturbance. They said Diane Coleman had severely burned her father with boiling water. He was taken to the hospital to be treated for his injuries.
Diane Coleman was detained for questioning and was later arrested and charged with domestic violence and aggravated assault. However, investigators were unable to confirm the motive.
Earl Coleman suffered from several medical issues and was paralyzed. He was in a wheelchair. He died from his injuries on September 12.
Since there was no motive, the case was being investigated as a death investigation.
On December 6, investigators learned his death had been ruled a homicide. The charges against Diane Coleman were upgraded to murder.
JPD said this is 64th homicide investigation for 2016.