An L.A. County family services worker was the subject of some kind of attack with an unidentified liquid that left her with second-degree burns and prompted a police search in Santa Fe Springs Wednesday, authorities said.
Officers were looking for two people who threw an unknown chemical at the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services worker, according to Whittier police Lt. Bryan Ellis.
Police later stated that the burns may have been caused by hot coffee or water.
The attackers approached the victim in the parking lot and “without provocation,” threw an unknown substance on her, according to a news release from the Whittier Police Department.
The incident occurred about 4:30 p.m. outside the DCFS building at 10355 Slusher Drive in Santa Fe Springs, which is patrolled by Whittier Police Department.
The victim, described as a 43-year-old Hispanic woman, suffered second-degree burns to her upper extremities and was taken to a hospital in Whittier in stable condition, according to Division Chief Brent Hayward with Santa Fe Springs Fire Department.
The assailants were described as an unknown male and a Hispanic or white female who wore her hair in a ponytail, the release stated.
Their vehicle was described as a blue or gray sedan.
KTLA’s Scott Williams contributed to this article.