A man accused of setting his pregnant girlfriend on fire was accepted to be a firefighter in Washington, DC.
According to NBC4, a judge ordered that Laquinn Phillips be held without bond on Wednesday.
The 34-year-old has been charged with charges including attempted first- and second-degree murder, arson and assault.
On September 8, it was reported authorities responding to a fire found the girlfriend, 30-year-old Andrea Grinage, with critical burns at her home. She told police that Phillips doused her with a flammable liquid and set her on fire. She suffered injuries that forced her to deliver her baby early. The baby, Journey Aaliyah Grinage, was born premature, but is OK.
Phillips turned himself in to police the next day. He reportedly cried in court during his hearing.
"We’ve seen it enough to know, again, that even a person who has never been involved will make an irrational decision based on a temporary emotion," Prince George's County State's Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said.
The victim's father was critical of Phillips. He said, "He's a coward. He's less than a man. Walk away if you don't want the responsibility. Walk away." His mother, however, denied the allegations. "This is not my son. My son could not have done a heinous crime like this," Pamela Phillips said, according to NBC4. "He’s being portrayed as this monster."
Phillips had no previous previous criminal record. He is a personal trainer and was just accepted to be a firefighter with the DC Fire Department. His status with the department will be contingent on the outcome of the case.
[Photo: Prince George's County Police Department, Family photo]