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Two Throw Chemicals On Child Services Worker In Surprise Attack

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Two people severely burned the arms of an L.A. County employee when they threw a chemical at her in a surprise attack, police say.

A woman who works for the county's Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) was in the parking lot of the agency's Santa Fe Springs location on Wednesday around 4:25 p.m. when the two suspects allegedly threw an unknown, but caustic chemical at her, according to the L.A. Times. The woman then ran into a restroom of the DCFS building to wash off what was thrown at her. Police have said the attack occurred “without provocation.”

The woman—whose identity has not been released—suffered first and second-degree burns on both of her arms and one hand, according to Santa Fe Springs Department of Fire-Rescue. She was hospitalized in stable condition.

Police are currently investigating the attack and examining footage from nearby security cameras for clues. The suspects are described as a man and a woman with a pony tail who fled in a blue or gray sedan.

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Anyone with information on the attack is encouraged to contact the Whittier Police Department at (562) 567-9270.