LAWRENCE — A woman accused of throwing hot cooking oil on another woman during an argument will be allowed to pay $5,000 cash bail and be under house arrest while awaiting trial.
Judith Medina, 45, who has been held without bail since her arrest April 14, was in Lawrence District Court yesterday for a hearing to determine if she is a danger to the community.
Judge Patricia Dowling denied the prosecutor's request to keep Medina incarcerated without bail.
Under the terms of her release, Medina will also be required to wear a GPS device and submit to random drug and alcohol testing.
"She was an enraged woman who believed she was scorned. When she did not get an answer, she got upset, she became uncomfortable and aggressive," Assistant District Attorney Beth McCarthy said in her arguments. "She didn't accidently flick the pan. It wasn't a casual flick because it went all over Maria Mejia."
Medina, of 52 Margin St., is accused of throwing the cooking oil on Mejia, 22, because she thought Mejia and her boyfriend of six years, Randy Serrano, were involved in a relationship.
Mejia suffered burns on 20 percent of her body — including the left side of her face, neck, chest and armpit, according to a police report.
Serrano said Mejia came to his 33 Summer St. apartment that morning to help him pack a suitcase for his daughter, who was leaving for the Dominican Republic, according to a police report.
Medina's attorney Amanda Barker said her client does not have a criminal record.
Medina's mother Eusebia Fernandez, yesterday told the judge her daughter is a good daughter and mother. "She has never caused harm to anyone," Fernandez said through an interpreter.
"She's everything to me. She does my laundry, she cooks for me, cleans my house and takes me to the doctor," Fernandez said.
Fernandez said Medina, who sobbed throughout the hearing, has two children, ages 21 and 19. "She loves them and they love her."
Mejia, who has undergone at least on skin graft, was in court yesterday. She rested her head on her mother's shoulder during some of the hearing.
She left the courtroom while Lawrence Police Patrolman Claudio Camacho, who responded to the incident, and Fernandez testified.
As he wrote in his report, Camacho said he heard a woman screaming "Help me, help me. Call an ambulance. It hurts," when he responded to the call.
Camacho testified to observing oil splattered on the floor and a wall.
Medina faces charges of mayhem, assault and battery, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.