Mother of burn victim warns about dangerous relationships

Blytheville burned woman's mom speaks
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

TRUMANN, AR (KAIT) - A Blytheville woman remains in critical, yet stable condition after her ex-boyfriend set her on fire over the weekend.

Kordarro Woodard faces charges of attempted murder, domestic battery, and violation of a no contact order after police say he set Martha George on fire at her home on Cherry Street.

Police found her in her bathtub Sunday morning screaming for help.

"Everything that the family could do, and we really tried to keep her safe, it just didn't happen," Nedra Cook said.

Cook, George's mother, told Region 8 News she got the news Sunday at 3 a.m.

"I got a call, I thought it was a prank call," Cook said. "Martha had just run her bath water. I thank God she had just run her bath water because when he set her on fire, she jumped in the tub."

George still suffered third-degree burns to her body and is currently listed in critical condition at Regional One Health in Memphis.

Cook said she remains comatose as doctors try to save her.

"You know, they say the first four days are important days, but it could be four months down the line before they know anything," Cook said.

What they do know is that George's ex-boyfriend Kordarro Woodard is to blame and that there was a pattern of abuse.

"She just chose the wrong type of person," Cook said. "This person that she was with, I talked to her for two years to leave this guy alone because he had threatened her many times."

In fact, reports show Blytheville police responded to as many as eight incidents between George and Woodard over the course of the past two years.

Cook, who lives nearly an hour away in Trumann, recalls one incident specifically. 

"I called her one time, and she told me 'Mom he's here, and he's threatening me.' I had to call the police from Trumann," Cook said.

Cook urged parents to start taking responsibility and practice tough love.

"Old people need to get up off their tufts, and tell children when they're wrong and when you know your child is doing something wrong, call the cops," Cook said. "Call the cops or your blood is guilty too because you knew what was going on and you harbored this person."

Though she has faith her daughter will pull through, she wants to make sure others don't wind up in a similar situation.

"Build up your self-esteem. Don't focus on other people. Focus on yourself and don't take anything less than what is the best," Cook said. "It starts with one's self to say 'no, I'm better than this, I don't deserve this, I'm going to have better and keep it moving.' That's the word my daughter Martha always say, is keep it moving."

Cook said she forgives Woodard for what he did, but she said she prays he gets what he deserves.

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