Just over three months after she was brutally burned and forced to deliver her unborn child two months early as a result, a Maryland woman is now looking toward the future and says she feels grateful to be alive with her daughter.
As CrimeOnline reported, firefighters responded to a residential fire in September and found Andrea Grinage severely burned inside of the Capitol Heights home. Her boyfriend, 34-year-old Laquinn Phillips, and another man are accused of dousing her in a flammable liquid and setting her on fire.
The woman suffered burns on more than 70 percent of her body and still suffers from the effects of the attack, but she recently told WRC-TV that she feels blessed to celebrate the holidays with her loved ones.
“With the severity of things, nobody expected me to be home so soon or be able to do the things that I’m doing,” she said.
Grinage said pain in her legs and left arm remain, but those problems are minor in comparison to the tragic outcome that could have easily resulted from the horrific incident.
“I’m blessed,” she said. “I’m grateful. Even with the aches and pain, I’m just happy to be home. I’m happy to be able to walk and speak.”
She is especially thankful that she has baby Journey with her.
“I’m happy and blessed that she was able to survive,” Grinage said.
As for the attack, she said the escalation of violence did not match the type of abuse she admitted enduring in her relationship with Phillips and which led her to file an order of protection against him several months earlier.
“I did not see that coming,” she said.
Investigators say Phillips, who faces charges including attempted murder, arson and assault, was aided in the crime by 27-year-old Jonathan Edward Miller. Reports indicate Miller is charged with attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder, arson and assault, among other counts.
[Featured image: Andrea and Journey Grinage/WRC-TV video screenshot]