Mom accused of setting baby afire makes court appearance

21 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Mom accused of setting baby afire, killing her, due in court.

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. A Burlington County woman charged with burning her newborn infant to death on Sunday allegedly doused the baby with flammable liquid before setting her ablaze, according to reports from police released by the prosecutor’s office. — A woman accused of dousing her newborn daughter with accelerant, setting her on fire and leaving her in the middle of a road has made her initial court appearance on a murder charge. Hyphernkemberly Dorvilier, 22, of the 200 block of Rutgers Avenue in Pemberton Township, is charged with murder in the alleged incident that happened at 11:15 p.m.

According to the affidavit, evidence at the home of the woman, 22-year-old Hyphernkemberly Dorvilier, a mile and a half away on Rutgers Avenue, suggests she had just given birth. Under New Jersey’s Safe Haven Infant Protection Act a mother can anonymously drop off a baby younger than 30 days old at any police station or hospital emergency room. “Take the child to emergency room, take child to the police station. Dorvilier was found with a can of WD-40 and a lighter in her jacket pocket, and the baby suffered third-degree burns over about 60 percent of her body, investigators said in court documents released by Burlington County prosecutors Tuesday. When confronted by concerned neighborhood residents, authorities say Dorvilier claimed she was burning feces that her dog had left in her vehicle that was parked nearby. I know my police officers would more than gladly go pick up the child at somebody’s residence,” says Pete Alfinito, president of the Burlington County Fraternal Order of Police.

There was no answer at the two-story yellow house where Dorvilier lived with her mother and sister on a quiet suburban street in Pemberton, a town of about 28,000. Upon placing the baby that had been on the ground in a police cruiser, officers unwrapped the smoldering towels and paper and discovered that the child still had the umbilical cord and placenta attached, according to prosecutors. Dorvilier, who appeared in court through video conferencing while in detention, responded by saying “yes, your honor” when asked is she understood the charges against her.

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