Sunday 25 September 2016

Woman pleads guilty to setting baby on fire and leaving her on road

Published 29/02/2016 | 17:05

The baby had third-degree burns over 60pc of her body (stock)
The baby had third-degree burns over 60pc of her body (stock)

A woman has pleaded guilty to setting her newborn baby on fire and leaving her in the middle of a New Jersey road.

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Hyphernkemberly Dorvilier pleaded guilty in Mount Holly to aggravated manslaughter.

She had previously pleaded not guilty to a murder charge.

Authorities said the 23-year-old Pemberton Township resident doused her baby with accelerant and set her on fire in January 2015.

The baby had third-degree burns over 60pc of her body. She died two hours after she was flown to a Philadelphia hospital.

Prosecutors will recommend that Dorvilier be sentenced to 30 years in prison. She is scheduled to be sentenced April 22.

Prosecutors said she hid her pregnancy from her mother and sister. Investigators say the baby was found with her umbilical cord and placenta attached.

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