Mom Accused of Setting Baby On Fire Makes Court Appearance

21 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey woman accused of dousing her newborn daughter with accelerant, setting her on fire and leaving her in the middle of a road said little in her first court appearance Tuesday, appearing on video to answer to a murder charge.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. 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. Dorvilier was found with a can of WD-40 and a lighter in her jacket pocket; the baby had third-degree burns over about 60 percent of her body, investigators said in court documents released by Burlington County prosecutors Tuesday.

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. 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. Those resident detained Dorvilier and contacted police after she attempted to flee after putting out the flames with a bottle of water, authorities say, and the baby began crying. 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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