Saturday, December 31, 2005

Lynndie England in San Diego...

From AP via NBC San Diego:

Lynndie England Hurt At Miramar Brig [Note: That's Marine Air Station, Miramar, San Diego]
Soldier Convicted Of Abusing Iraqi Prisoners Burned In Kitchen Accident
POSTED: 8:31 am PST December 30, 2005
UPDATED: 11:28 am PST December 30, 2005

SAN DIEGO, Calif. -- Lynndie England, the U.S. soldier who posed for some of the most infamous pictures of detainee abuse at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison, suffered burns at the prison where she is serving her sentence, her family said Friday.

IMAGES: Humiliated Iraqi Prisoners

England was injured about three weeks ago in a kitchen mishap at Naval Consolidated Brig Miramar, her father, Kenneth England, said in a telephone interview from his home in West Virginia.

The young reservist was reaching for a pan of chicken when grease splattered on her neck and chest, Kenneth England said. She was taken to the hospital, where they told her to put ice on it. She later had to ask for burn cream.

"When it happened, she didn't get nothing," her father said.

He last spoke with his daughter on Christmas, when she told him she was doing better. He said he expected to hear from her this weekend.

"As far as I know, she's doing fine," Kenneth England said.

England, 23, received immediate medical condition and follow-up care, Navy Lt. William Marks said Friday.

"She was treated for a first-degree burn, which was a minor superficial burn," Marks said. "No medication was prescribed, and, in addition, during a follow-up visit, no infection was noted and no further treatment was required."

England, who was convicted of six counts involving prisoner mistreatment, was shown posing with a pyramid of naked detainees and pointing at the genitals of a prisoner while a cigarette hangs from the corner of her mouth. The photos were among several that sparked outrage and severely damaged America's image in the Muslim world.

England blamed the abuse on reputed abuse ringleader Pvt. Charles Graner Jr., whom she said took advantage of her love and trust while deployed in Iraq. Graner was sentenced to 10 years. England said Graner was the father of her young son, who is being cared for by her parents.

Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press.


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