A pregnant Maryland woman who was set on fire by her angry boyfriend managed not only to identify her attacker to police, but also to successfully give birth to a baby girl while covered in critical burns across her entire body.
The horrifying incident took place in Capitol Heights, Prince George’s County, where police officers and firefighters were called to the scene of a blaze, NBC Washington reported. There, they found Andrea Grinage suffering from critical burns on a large part of her body.
The victim told officers that her boyfriend had soaked her with a flammable fluid inside her apartment before lighting her on fire, Prince George’s County police spokeswoman Jennifer Donelan said during a news conference. Grinage also expressed concern that the culprit was headed to Washington D.C. to harm one of her relatives.
“She was very brave,” said Donelan. “We want her family to know how brave she was, suffering as badly as she was – critically burned, worried about her unborn child, dealing with those injuries – and was able to share that information with us so that we could get moving with our investigation and locate this person.”
Grinage was rushed to the hospital and delivered the baby shortly after arriving, even though the baby was not due for another seven weeks.
“She’s hanging in there,” the victims’ father, Arthur Grinage, said of his newborn granddaughter. “She’s doing fine. She’s beautiful.”
Charges are pending against the suspect, who turned himself in to police in D.C. and is currently in custody. While it is still unclear what caused the argument that lead to the boyfriend setting Grinage on fire, her father suggested that it had something to do with the baby.
“He’s a coward,” he said. “He’s less than a man. Walk away if you don’t want the responsibility. Walk away.”