Man Throws Coffee, Wife Gets 2nd Degree Burns, Police Say
The man's family members threatened the woman they would change the locks on the home, and told her not to come back. An arrest is merely an accusation and not evidence of a conviction.
Michael G. Robertson, 31, of Niles was charged with aggravated domestic battery Nov. 16, and charged with violation of bond/family member on Nov. 18.
On the 16th, police responded to an incident in which Robertson's wife said she had been running late to get their son to day care at 8 a.m. that morning. The wife called her mother-in-law for help. When her mother-in-law arrived, the young boy (son) had fallen down and sustained a puffy bloody lip, according to the police report. Police said Robertson came down the stairs and immediately began yelling at his wife, telling her she was late getting up that morning. The report indicated Robertson was making instant coffee with water that was boiling on the stove. The wife responded to her husband, “you have no room to talk, you can barely get up at 8,” police said, and Robertson responded by swearing and then splashing his entire cup of coffee on the right side of his wife's body.
The wife said she went into shock and left the residence, leaving her child at home with her husband, according to the report. While driving, she felt the pain becoming unbearable and decided to seek care. She first went home, and her husband apologized, then she sought medical attention. She was treated for second degree burns on the right side of her body, police indicated. Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Tamela Eleby approved one count of aggravated domestic battery.
On Nov. 18, police took Robertson to the First District Cook County Court located at 2600 S. California Ave. Chicago, IL to appear in bond court for the aggravated domestic battery arrest. Robertson was issued a $20,000 D bond. The special conditions of bond included no communication with the victim, and no contact with their common residence in Niles.
Also on Nov. 18 in the early evening, the wife told police that she had received a call from her husband that day asking why he couldn't just come home and stay with her, police said, with the wife observing the call was cordial and he did not threaten her during their conversation.
The wife then said Robertson's father had contacted her and left two threatening voicemails, according to the report. During the first voicemail, police said, the father stated that he wanted her out of the house and that he was selling the property. He then left a second voicemail telling her not to go home because he would be staying there all night and he intended to change the locks on the property, police indicated. The wife played the messages for police, they said.
Police went to the home and placed Robertson into custody for violating the conditions of his arrest bond. His court date is Nov. 30 in the Skokie branch of the Cook County courts.
Information is taken from Niles Police Department reports.