Two years after Judy was set on fire by her ex-boyfriend, the 33-yo has died from her injuries.

Trigger warning: This article contains information about domestic assault and violence which may be distressing for some readers.

On August 2, 2015, Judy Malinowski, a mum of two, was doused in petrol by her ex-boyfriend and set alight after an argument in an Ohio parking lot.

She was so badly burnt—she had third and fourth degree burns to more than 90 percent of her body—that parts of her had “melted away.”

She was not expected to make it through the next two days—but defying all odds, Malinowski lived for two years, enduring more than 50 surgeries.

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Judy suffered burns to more than 90 percent of her body in the 2015 attack. Image via Facebook.

The attack left her unable to breathe on her own, walk or speak.

On Tuesday afternoon, the 33-year-old passed away from her injuries, after she was moved to a palliative care facility last month.

Her mother, Bonnie Bowes, confirmed the news to NBC4i, telling reporters: "That child suffered for two years to tell her own story. Who has the strength to do it?"

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Judy (R) with her devoted mum, Bonnie. Image via Facebook.

Her stepfather, Dan Bowes, told The Columbus Dispatch that his daughter "fought so hard."

"No one expected that she'd make it 48 hours," he said on the day of her passing. "And this is day 696."

A GoFundMe page set up by a family friend late last year to help with her ongoing medical expenses described Judy as "a beautiful, vibrant young woman."

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Judy underwent more than 50 surgeries in two years. Image via Facebook.

While Judy never recovered enough to return home to her family, she did see her ex-boyfriend, Michael Slager, 42, sentenced to 11 years in prison for the crime.


He was sentenced in December for felonious assault, aggravated arson and possession of criminal tools.

Judy also inspired new sentencing legislation, named Judy's Law, which is on the verge of passing in the Ohio Senate this week.

The law would add six years to sentenced in felonious-assault cases where victims suffer permanent disfigurement or are incapacitated due to the use of an accelerant.

Judy's oldest daughter, Kaylyn, 13, testified before an Ohio Senate committee just last week.

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Judy leaves behind two young daughters, Madison and Kaylyn. Image via GoFundMe.

"While [Michael] got 11 years, my mum, my sister and I all got a life sentence," she said.

"While we stand here today, my mum lays in a hospital bed where she has been for 689 days."

County Prosecutors are now working with police to begin building a homicide case against Michael after Judy's death.

Money raised from Judy's GoFundMe page will now be used to cover her funeral expenses and to provide for Kaylyn and her sister, Madison.

If you or someone you know is in need of help, please call the National Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service on 1800 RESPECT.