A man allegedly set his pregnant girlfriend on fire, inducing labor, because “he wasn’t ready to be a father,” The Independent reports.
Andrea Grinage, 31 and a mother of three, received critical burns on over 90 percent of her body, authorities said.
Grinage was rushed to a hospital and gave birth to a girl, Journey ALeah, who was born seven weeks premature. She claimed that her boyfriend poured flammable liquid on her and then set her on fire.
“It all stems from him not wanting to take responsibility of him being a newborn dad," said Grinage in an interview with a local outlet.
Grinage also said that her boyfriend was planning to attack her relatives.
“She was very brave. We want her family to know how brave she was, suffering as badly as she was — critically burned, worried about her unborn child, dealing with those injuries and was able to share that information with us so that we could get moving with our investigation and locate this person,” Prince George's County police spokeswoman Jennifer Donelan said.
Her father has set up a GoFundMe page to help pay for medical costs and related expenses.
“She's a mother of 2 boys ages 15 and 8 and a newborn that was born 7 weeks premature,” her father wrote on the crowdfunding site. “Everything was lost in the fire and she must begin a new with your help. She has a long road to recovery and unknown medical cost. PLEASE stop domestic violence!”