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A Michigan man is accused of holding his pregnant live-in girlfriend against her will before setting her on fire.
On the evening of Jan. 14, Detroit Police received a tip that “a female was being held against her will and tortured,” according to a press release provided to Oxygen.com.
Officers were dispatched to the location for a well-being check. When they arrived, “officers discovered the female laying on a bed in the basement with severe burns on her legs and stomach and could barely move.”
Police say that the woman’s live-in boyfriend Devonne Marsh, 42, set her on fire after dousing her with lighter fluid, Fox 2 Detroit reports. He has been arrested and charged with kidnapping/abduction, aggravated/felonious assault, violation of the controlled substance act.
"How do you do this to another human being? It’s unimaginable," Detroit Police Commander Michael McGinnis said in both the video and the press release. "Just incredibly traumatic injuries. I just can’t imagine the pain she must be suffering.”
McGinnis told the news outlet that the woman has third-degree burns on 60% of her body. He said she is in critical condition.
The victim is being applauded for her bravery.
"I want to applaud her for coming forward. I want to again let her know that she is not alone,” Sgt. Kyla Williams said, according to the press release. “She has the men and women of the Detroit Police Department to support her."
Marsh also has a previous charge for a dangerous drug warrant. His bond has been set at $50,000 or 10%, which means he can secure pre-trial release if he comes up with $5,000, according to Fox 2 Detroit.
"We just hope that he remains in custody through the trial process so the victim can heal without fear of any kind of retribution from him," McGinnis told Fox 2 Detroit.
It’s not clear if Marsh has an attorney.
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