Man who allegedly burned wife could face life in prison

A Rhode Island man accused of burning his wife's body including her breasts and genitals with a frying pan faces new charges.

Danilo Cabrera, 42, of Pawtucket, was charged Thursday with assault with intent to murder and kidnapping. He was ordered held.

If convicted, Cabrera faces life in prison.

"Nearly half of all the cases that end in death are caused not by a firearm, but by some other kind of weapon, or by hands. Or it could have been in this case, by a hot frying pan and the burns inflicted," said Deb DeBare of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

DeBare said the new charges show the Pawtucket Police Department is taking the case seriously.

"I think it's important that we all recognizance domestic violence is not pretty. Every single case is dirty and nasty and potentially dangerous," she said.

Officers found the weapon inside the victim's apartment and reported that there "appeared to be burnt human skin on the bottom and side of the pan."

"When I saw him get pulled out it was kind of scary and when I saw her on a stretcher, it kind of freaked me out," said neighbor Kim Torres.

"It's so scary. I can't believe it. We were coming home the day all the commotion was going on," said neighbor Rebecca Repoza.

In court Thursday, Cabrera was ordered to have no contact with the victim.

But DeBare said the woman is likely safer now that he's being held without bail at the Adult Correctional Institutions.

"A no-contact order or a temporary-restraining order is really just a piece of paper," DeBare said.

The case heads to a grand jury and it's expected Cabrera will face felony charges in Superior Court.

The victim remains at Rhode Island Hospital, where she's undergoing reconstructive surgery.