A homeless mother who has battled drug addiction on the streets of Philadelphia has been left in a coma after having her face burnt off after she was set on fire by another woman in a horrific attack. 

Alyssa Morales who also goes by Bre, 36, is still in a medically induced coma after she suffered second and third degree burns over 60 per cent of her body in the attack at Harrowgate Park at about 11.30pm on the night of June 16.  

Morales is believed to have been with a man in the park before the pair got into an argument with a woman. 

A witness said they saw the woman throw liquid over both Morales and the man before setting them both on fire. 

Chief Inspector Frank Vanore of the Philadelphia Police Department told the media: ‘[The witness] sees the female that’s with them spray some kind of liquid towards the male and the female, and that liquid is lit on fire.’

Police have said that the area where Morales was attacked is known for prostitution and a drug market. The case is being investigated as an aggravated assault case. 

Videos of the immediate aftermath of Morales’ burning have been circulated on social media. 

When Morales was rushed to Temple University Hospital where reports say that she was in too much pain to identify herself and therefore was listed as a Jane Doe.  

It took two days before her family was notified and was able to visit her.  

Alyssa Morales (pictured before the attack), 36, is still in a medically induced coma after she suffered second and third degree burns over 60 per cent of her body in the attack at Harrowgate Park at about 11.30pm last Thursday

Alyssa Morales (pictured before the attack), 36, is still in a medically induced coma after she suffered second and third degree burns over 60 per cent of her body in the attack at Harrowgate Park at about 11.30pm last Thursday

Alyssa Morales' mother said that her daughter is a college graduate who has fallen on hard times

Morales' mother said that despite her daughter's addiction problems, she would never hurt anybody

Alyssa Morales’ mother said that her daughter is a college graduate who has fallen on hard times

According to a GoFundMe page that has been set up in order to help her family to pay for her medical costs, Morales has battled addiction for 14 years

According to a GoFundMe page that has been set up in order to help her family to pay for her medical costs, Morales has battled addiction for 14 years 

A witness to the attack, Noraida Nunez, told Fox29 that she ‘saw the little – it was like a little spark – and then all the sudden it just went ‘woosh!’ 

Nunez said that she ran to Morales and found her ‘shaking and screaming.’ 

According to a GoFundMe page which has been set up to help pay for medical treatment, Morales is facing a long convalescence in the hospital and will need rehabilitation to learn to many basic things. At the time of writing, the crowdfunding page has raised more than $20,000. 

On the description of the case, it says that Morales’ daughter is being raised by the victim’s mother in Lake City, Florida. 

Among the things that the money raised will pay for is for Morales’ mother to travel back and forward from Florida as she has another child, a son with special needs, who lives with her. 

The crowdfunding page, which was set up by a friend, says that Morales has attempted to get clean on several occasions but was unable to conquer her demons.  

The victim's mother said that her daughter was a college graduate and attended Pennsbury High School in Bucks County, Pennsylvania

The victim’s mother said that her daughter was a college graduate and attended Pennsbury High School in Bucks County, Pennsylvania

In a separate interview with ABC Philadelphia, Morales' mother spoke directly to her daughter saying: 'I'd like to just hug you, I'd like to touch you and I can't

In a separate interview with ABC Philadelphia, Morales’ mother spoke directly to her daughter saying: ‘I’d like to just hug you, I’d like to touch you and I can’t

Morales (pictured in a coma in hospital after the attack) is believed to have been with a man in the park before the pair got into an argument with a woman

Morales (pictured in a coma in hospital after the attack) is believed to have been with a man in the park before the pair got into an argument with a woman

I watched the first three seconds when I knew it was her and I couldn't watch anymore. You know it's your daughter, and you know she's burned, and then you're just like, 'She needs help, can somebody help her?'

I watched the first three seconds when I knew it was her and I couldn’t watch anymore. You know it’s your daughter, and you know she’s burned, and then you’re just like, ‘She needs help, can somebody help her?’

Morales’ mother, Lee Ann Morales told CBS3: ‘She’s going to live, but she’ll have permanent damage. 

‘She’s going to have to have a new face. I’m saying it, she’ll never have the face she was born with, and they said that’s the hard part when she can look in the mirror and see a different face looking back at her.’ 

Speaking about the video of the burning that’s been circulated on social media, Morales’ mother said that she has seen some of it. 

She said: ‘I watched the first three seconds when I knew it was her and I couldn’t watch anymore. You know it’s your daughter, and you know she’s burned, and then you’re just like, ‘She needs help, can somebody help her?’

The victim’s mother said that her daughter was a college graduate and attended Pennsbury High School in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. In more recent times, Morales’ mother said that her daughter found herself living on the streets after becoming addicted to drugs. 

She said: ‘She never hurt anybody, just herself. She’s just an addict, misguided. She went to college and she just fell into that hole, and can’t climb out.’ 

In a separate interview with ABC Philadelphia, Lee Ann spoke directly to her daughter saying: ‘I’d like to just hug you, I’d like to touch you and I can’t.’ 

She continued: ‘I feel broken. It’s just like I don’t know where to go, I don’t know how to get up. She’ll never have the face she was born with. Ever.’

Morales’ mother also said that the day that her daughter was attacked was the first time that the pair were supposed to meet in person in four years. 

 

 Her mother added: ‘I’m sad, I’m broken, I’m angry, so angry,’ she added. ‘I just want to know who did this … Who could possibly do it?’ 



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