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Boyfriend sets pregnant girlfriend on fire, forcing her into early labor: Police

A Maryland man reportedly set his girlfriend on fire on late Friday night, forcing her to deliver her infant early, according to police.

NBC reports that firefighters located Andrea Grinage with severe burns across her body when they were called to a residential fire on Friday at around 11:45 p.m., off of Elkwood Lane in Capitol Heights. Gringe told authorities her boyfriend saturated the inside of her apartment with a flammable liquid before setting in fire and fleeing.

According to Prince George’s County police spokeswoman, Jennifer Donelan, the badly injured victim managed to call 911 and get help before it was too late.

“She was very brave. 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.”

"He's a coward." The father of a woman suffering from critical burns speaks out Only On NBC Washington. Andrea Grinage was set on fire this afternoon. Her family says Andrea's boyfriend is the suspect. They say he allegedly set her on fire because she was pregnant and he didn't want her to have the baby. http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Pregnant-Woman-in-Critical-Condition-After-Domestic-Incident-in-Capitol-Heights-443294003.html

Posted by Shomari Stone on Friday, September 8, 2017

 

First responders rushed Grinage to the hospital, where her infant girl was born seven weeks early. Donelan said both baby and mom are alive, despite the traumatic circumstances.

The suspect, whose name is unknown at this time, turned himself in while in Washington, D.C. Charges are currently pending.

Neighbors said they heard the couple arguing the night prior to the fire.

“He’s a coward. He’s less than a man. Walk away if you don’t want the responsibility. Walk away,” said Arthur Grinage, the victim’s father.

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