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The County of DuPage
Wheaton, Illinois

Press Release

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Bond Set at $500,000 for Woman Accused of Pouring Boiling Water on Sleeping Boyfriend

DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert Berlin and Roselle Police Chief Steve Herron announced that bond has been set for a Roselle woman accused of pouring boiling water on her boyfriend as he slept on the couch. Alexis Sykes 22 (d.o.b. 8-12-1998) of the 0-100 block of W. Central Avenue, appeared at a bond hearing yesterday afternoon where Judge Alex McGimpsey set bond in the amount of $500,000 with 10% to apply. On January 8, 2021, a $250,000 arrest warrant was issued for Sykes. She was located in Okitbbeha County, Mississippi on January 19 and extradited back to DuPage County to face the charges against her. She has been charged with two counts of Aggravated Battery by Caustic Substance (Class X Felony) and two counts of Aggravated Domestic Battery (Class 2 Felony).     

It is alleged that in the early morning hours of January 2, 2021, Sykes poured a pot of boiling water on her boyfriend while he slept on the couch in the apartment they shared in Roselle. It is alleged that Sykes recorded herself committing this act and posted the video to Snapchat with the following caption, “I kinda feel bad now because he got 2&3rd degree Burns from face to waist & they rushin him to burn center but oh well (shrugging shoulder emoji) BITCH (emoji blowing kiss) n still cried & beg me to drive him to hospital.” It is further alleged that after scalding the victim, Sykes hid the victim’s car keys from him as the victim described watching his skin fall off his arms. It is alleged that the victim was finally able to get his keys and drove himself to a local hospital where shortly thereafter, he was transported to Loyola University Medical Center Burn Unit where he spent nearly two weeks and underwent skin graft surgery to treat his burns.

“The charges against Ms. Sykes are very disturbing,” Berlin said. “Dousing a sleeping man with boiling water causing serious, painful injury, as alleged in this case, will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I would like to thank the Roselle and Carol Stream Police Departments for their outstanding work in identifying and apprehending Ms. Sykes as a suspect in this case. I would also like to thank Assistant State’s Attorney Bridget Carlson for her efforts in securing a strong prosecution against this defendant.”  

“This case was brought to resolution by the hard work and persistence of our detectives, who put the case together and were able to locate this offender who fled the state,” Herron said. “We also want to thank the detectives from the Carol Stream Police Department who provided assistance in running down leads for us in their town as well as Assistant State’s Attorney Bridget Carlson for all of her assistance in this case. This is an example of law enforcement agencies working together to make our communities safe.”  

Sykes’s next court appearance is scheduled for March 22, 2021, for arraignment in front of Judge McGimpsey.   

Members of the public are reminded that this complaint contains only charges and is not proof of the defendant’s guilt. A defendant is presumed innocent and is entitled to a fair trial in which it is the government’s burden to prove his or her guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.