According to news reports, a 31-year-old pregnant mom was forced into early labor after she was allegedly set on fire by her baby’s father.Andrea Grinage managed to alert her family that her attacker might be on his way to harm them and to tell police who he was before being rushed to the Burn Unit at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.There she gave birth to her baby daughter, Journey Aleah, who was born 7 weeks early as a result of the trauma.
Pregnant mom set on fire by boyfriend. According to news reports, a 31-year-old pregnant mom was forced into early labor after being set on fire by her boyfriend. Police say that 34-year-old Laquinn Phillips doused Andrea Grinage in a flammable liquid on September 8th in Capitol Heights, Maryland.
Incident happened 4 days ago. The incident occurred on September 8th at around 11:45 am. Emergency services received a 911 call and attended a fire at Addison Chapel Apartments in the 1400 block of Elkwood Lane.
Trauma sent mom into early labor. Firefighters report that they arrived to find smoke coming out of the 2nd and 3rd floors of a 3-storey building. Andrea gave birth to a baby girl named Journey Aleah, who was delivered 7 weeks early as a result of the trauma.
Pregnant mom is “critically burned.” According to a spokeswoman from the Prince George’s County Police, Andrea is “critically burned.” The injuries are reported to have affected most of her body.
Boyfriend wasn’t ready to be a dad. According to Andrea’s father, Arthur Grinage Senior, the attack was prompted by the unwillingness of the newborn’s father to be a parent. Andrea was already a mom of two boys, aged 8 and 15 years old.
“He didn’t want to take responsibility.” Grinage Sr. said that the incident all “stems from him not wanting to take responsibility of him being a newborn dad.” “He didn’t want that,” he explains, “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.”
Mom is burnt over 90% of her body. Grinage Sr. told ABC7 that “you never think it will happen to your loved ones – let alone your daughter. Andrea was not only burned over 90% of her body but also lost everything in the fire.”
Police have confirmed the identity of mom’s attacker. Police have confirmed that the perpetrator is, in fact, the father of Andrea’s baby. They say that they believe that he was on his way to harm other members of the burnt mom’s family.
Mom able to identify her attacker. Andrea was able to tell emergency services who had set her on fire and her belief that the man with whom she had been in a relationship with was on his way to Washington D.C. to hurt her relatives. According to the police spokeswoman, Jennifer Donelan, Andrea was “brave,” despite “suffering as badly as she was … she was able to share that information so that [investigators] could get moving … and locate the person.”
Mom was “visibly burning” as she banged on her neighbors’ doors. According to Andrea’s mother, Andrea Grinage, Andrea also managed to call her to warn her that Phillips might be on his way. She sought the help of neighbors who say that the victim was visibly on fire as she banged on their doors.
Boyfriend arrested and charged. Police managed to contact the accused, according to reports, and the suspect later turned himself in. Laquinn Phillips has since been charged with attempted first and second-degree murder, as well as arson, assault, and several related charges.
Police say victim was very courageous. Although Andrea’s courage meant that no one else got hurt, Donelan points out that “these are not the circumstances under which this baby was to be born.” A GoFundMe appeal has been set up to help with Andrea and Journey’s medical bills and recovery.
Mom and baby recovering in a burn unit. Andrea Grinage says that her daughter was transported to the Burn Unit at MedStar Washington Hospital Center. Both Andrea and the baby are reported to be in critical condition.
Police are seeking witnesses. Police have asked anyone with further information to call the Prince George’s County Police Homicide Unit. If they prefer to remain anonymous, they can call Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS.
Witnesses can give information anonymously. Anonymous tippers can also text “PGPD plus your message” to CRIMES (274637). They can also visit the website www.pgcrimesolvers.com.