A 23 year old New Jersey woman, Hyphernkemberly Dorvilier who hid her pregnancy from her family, gave birth and set her newborn daughter on fire in January 2015 and left her in the middle of a street to burn to death. Fortunately, a neighbour saw her, called the Police tried to save the baby by covering her in a towel and then held her down Dorvilier until the Police arrived. Dorvilier was found with a gas canister and lighter in her pockets. According to authorities, the baby was found with her umbilical cord and placenta still attached and had third-degree burns over 60 percent of her bod. She died two hours after she was flown to a Philadelphia hospital. Autopsy reports confirmed that the infant died of smoke inhalation and and burns.
Dorvilier pleaded guilty in February to aggravated manslaughter and was sentenced on Friday to 30 years in prison.
“I was on a downward spiral. I believe I hit my rock bottom,”. “I apologize first and foremost for not giving my daughter, Angelica, the life she deserved. She deserved so much better.”
“The crime in this case was committed against the weakest of the weak, a helpless newborn,” Cook said. “All she knew was the extreme excruciating pain of being set on fire by her mother, the person who was supposed to love and protect her.”
Burlington County Prosecutor Robert Bernardi said:
“This was an atrocious act, and one that was entirely preventable given our state’s law that allows someone to anonymously give up an unwanted infant,”.
Witnesses to the baby burning homicide told police that Hyphernkemberly poured flammable liquid on her newborn daughter before setting the infant on fire.
“It was just horrible. Like nothing you’ve ever seen,” neighbor David Joseph told the media.
“We saw the fire and thought someone was burning trash,” he added.
“It was just mind boggling. It was nightmare even if you have a strong heart. Hopefully she’ll pay for it,” Joseph concluded
Source: LA Times