A pregnant woman was attacked by her boyfriend, doused in flammable liquid and set on fire on Friday (September 8) in Capitol Heights, Maryland.
The horrific incident forced 30-year-old Andrea Grinage, who was the victim, into early labor with critical burns covering most of her body. This all went down in the morning before police and fire crews responded to reports of a fire at around 11:45 a.m.
Grinage subsequently gave birth to a baby girl named Journey Aleah seven weeks early as a result. Both the mother and her baby are still recovering.
The woman was already a mother of two boys, ages 8 and 15. The suspect of the crime is reportedly the newborn’s father and Arthur Grinage Sr., Andrea’s father, told a local news station that his daughter’s boyfriend’s violent outburst came from his immature attitude toward becoming a father.
“It all stems from him not wanting to take responsibility of him being a newborn dad,” Grinage Sr said to WJLA. “He didn't want that. And once a baby is conceived, it's too late for all that. You either step up and be a dad or you walk away.”
Andrea Grinage did confirm to investigators that her boyfriend was the culprit and was worried that he was on the way to Washington, D.C., to harm more people in her family. The suspect was later contacted by police and turned himself in to local authorities. His name has not yet been released by law enforcement.
A GoFundMe has been set up to help pay for the medical bills and other means of support for Grinage and her immediate family.
“These are not the circumstances under which this baby was to be born,” Jennifer Donelan, a Prince George's County Police Spokeswoman, told NBC Washington. “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.”
(Photo: Andrea Grinage Go Fund Me)
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