A 23-year-old woman who set her newborn baby on fire in the middle of a New Jersey street was sentenced to 30 years in prison on Friday.
Hyphernkemberly Dorvilier pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter and told the court on Friday: ‘I apologize first and foremost for not giving my daughter, Angelica, the life she deserved.’
The baby suffered third-degree burns over 60 percent of her body and died two hours after she was flown to a Philadelphia hospital.
The 23-year-old woman doused her newborn with flammable liquid and set her on fire on January 16, 2015, just hours after the baby was born, investigators said.
Prosecutors say she hid her pregnancy from her mother and sister.
Investigators say the baby was found with her umbilical cord and placenta attached.
According to an audio recording of the 911 call, a horrified onlooker told Dorvilier she was ‘disgusting’, to which she responded: ‘It’s not mine. It’s not mine. I didn’t do it.’
Handcuffed in court on Friday, Dorvilier said: ‘I was on a downward spiral. I believe I hit my rock bottom.
‘I apologize first and foremost for not giving my daughter, Angelica, the life she deserved. She deserved so much better.’
Police responded to a call about a fire 30 miles east of Philadelphia, and found neighbor Dave Joseph holding Dorvilier down on the ground with the baby wrapped in a smoldering towel and paper, according to the court documents.
Dorvilier was found with a can of WD-40 and a lighter in her jacket pocket, investigators said.
Police said they found a trail of blood leading from Dorvilier’s home and she appeared to be bleeding while at the hospital afterward.
Her mother and sister told police that they were not aware of her giving birth, but police said they found blood on the floor of the downstairs bathroom.
Joseph said the woman told him she was burning dog waste.
‘It was just mind-boggling,’ Joseph told the Burlington County Times. ‘It was a nightmare even if you have a strong heart.’
Dorvilier’s sister, Dejennie, pleaded with Judge Terrence Cook for leniency on Friday, saying that Dorvilier needs help. But the judge said the punishment was ‘the sentence that justice requires’.
‘The crime in this case was committed against the weakest of the weak, a helpless newborn,’ Cook said. ‘All she knew was the extreme excruciating pain of being set on fire by her mother, the person who was supposed to love and protect her.’
An autopsy found the baby died from smoke inhalation and burns.
‘This was an atrocious act, and one that was entirely preventable given our state’s law that allows someone to anonymously give up an unwanted infant,’ said Burlington County Prosecutor Robert Bernardi.
Via The Daily Mail UK