Authorities are searching for a Hancock County woman who allegedly dumped a pot of heated cooking oil on her sleeping husband.

"I've been in law enforcement 14 years and that was the worse thing I've ever seen," Hancock County Sheriff's Department investigator Ricky Fayard said of last Friday's attack. "His skin was dripping off of him."

"When we got there he was in bad shape. His entire hand, the skin came off, and it looked like a glove," Fayard said.

Authorities believe Edna May Sanders turned on the stove in her Diamondhead home and heated about two quarts of household cooking oil, waited until the grease reached a simmer and then poured the oil over her sleeping husband, covering his head, face, chest and arms.

Deputies said Sanders apparently left the home a short time later with the couple's two children. She faces felony charges of aggravated assault and domestic violence, officials said.

Authorities said they were unsure what led to the assault.

Sanders' husband, whose name has not been released, was airlifted to the burn center at the University of South Alabama in Mobile for treatment of third-degree burns, officials said.

His condition was listed as day to day.