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Funds raised for acid attack to be returned

September 20, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A woman who lied about being splashed in the face with acid is now facing theft charges. A prosecutor in Vancouver, Wash., says three felony theft charges stem from a public fund set up to benefit Bethany Storro after the August 30 incident.

Court records indicate Storro said she has spent about $1,500 of the nearly $28,000 donated - on such items as dinners for her parents, clothes for herself, and a bill for an August laser facial peel. Clark County Deputy Prosecutor Tony Golik said the accounts containing donated money have since been frozen.

The 28-year-old Storro told police a black woman confronted her and scorched her face with acid. But last week she admitted the injuries were self-inflicted.

Storro said she was trying to kill herself when she put what is believed to be caustic drain cleaner on her face, according to a police affidavit filed in Clark County Superior Court.

"Then, when I realized it wasn't killing me, I thought maybe this was the answer to all my problems. To have a completely different face," she said, according to the affidavit filed by Detective Wally Stefan.

Storro's parents say all the money raised for her will be returned. They acknowledge she's dealing with emotional problems.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Storro, but she was reportedly hospitalized as of Monday evening. Golik didn't know why or where, but he said police knew her location and it would be up to the lead detective to decide when to arrest the woman.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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