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Police: Penn Hills woman lights boyfriend on fire, puts out flames with urine

| Monday, July 10, 2017, 7:39 p.m.
Dillon Carr | Tribune-Review
A mattress and box spring await trash pickup outside the residence on Lime Hollow Road in Penn Hills where police say a woman set her boyfriend on fire and doused the flames with buckets of urine on July 8.
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Leigh Ann Sepelyak, 38, faces charges including attempted homicide, aggravated assault and arson.

A Penn Hills woman is charged with attempted homicide and arson after she allegedly doused her boyfriend with gasoline and lit him on fire, then poured urine on him to put out the flames, police said.

Penn Hills police Chief Howard Burton said the couple had an argument in the basement of a home on Lime Hollow Road Saturday evening.

After the man, Grady Spencer III, fell asleep, his girlfriend, Leigh Ann Sepelyak, 38, poured gas on him, lit a cigarette and lit him on fire. She attempted to douse the flames with a bucket of urine that the couple used as a toilet, police said.

“I can't see how that's an accident when it happens at 4:40 a.m. and the gas was 25 to 30 feet away from the bed. It had to be carried,” Burton said.

Police were called by UPMC Mercy Hospital doctors after the man was taken there by Sepelyak's parents, who live on the main floor of the house where the incident took place, Burton said.

“The parents, when they heard screaming and smelled the smoke, helped put him out -- I think with the same urine -- and went to the hospital. They never called the police, the hospital called,” he said.

Burton said 25 to 35 percent of the man's lower body is burned but he was recovering.

“I'm sure it was more than first-(degree burns),” Burton said.

He said the house was not damaged by the fire.

According to court records, Sepelyak was unable to post bail and is being held at the Allegheny County Jail.

Dillon Carr is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at 412-871-2325, dcarr@tribweb.com or via Twitter @dillonswriting.

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