Frighteningly similar horrors

In Dorchester....

A distraught man poured a flammable liquid on himself and a baby girl in a Dorchester triple-decker apartment last night, setting both of them on fire and critically injuring himself and the baby, as well as an older woman also living there, police sources said....

Binh Thanh, who lives in the apartment, said the man who set the blaze is the estranged husband of a woman who shares the apartment with Thanh and his mother, Nguyen Thi, 62. Thi suffered second-degree burns to her legs in the blaze, according to another relative.

Thanh said the estranged wife, whom he identified only as Lein, has lived there about four months with her two young children.
Thanh said the woman took out a restraining order against her estranged husband, but he came to the home yesterday.

Meanwhile, in Springfield....

Springfield police said an arrest warrant has been issued for 31-year-old Lastarandre Bell, of 84 Longhill St., in connection with setting a woman ablaze with a flammable liquid on Sunday night.

The woman suffered life-threatening burns over 90 percent of her body...

District Court records in Springfield show two women who live at the Warner Street address had restraining orders on Bell. The women - a niece and her aunt - filed for the orders in November. The burned woman appears to be a relative, according to police.

Just in case you were hoping we left all this behind in 2006.

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