Lowell Woman Dies From Injuries After Husband Allegedly Set Her On Fire

LOWELL, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — A Lowell woman has died from serious burn injuries after her husband allegedly set her on fire last month.

The Lowell Sun reports Celeste Marte-Lebron, 49, died on April 20 after spending around three weeks in the hospital in a medically-induced coma. Prosecutors were said to be waiting to release the details of her death until an autopsy was conducted.

Marte-Lebron's death comes after her husband, Santos Lebron De Los Santo, 42, was arrested on charges of pouring gasoline on her and setting her on fire on March 31 while she was in the bathtub at their Varnum Avenue home.

He was ordered held without bail, facing charges of assault and battery causing serious bodily injury -- but those charges may be upgraded.

De Los Santo’s attorney said during a dangerousness hearing earlier this month that his client initially made conflicting claims about how the fire started to police because he was uncertain of the cause. One of those claims included electrical issues in the home, that were reportedly being investigated.

His next court appearance is set for May 13.

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