CAPITOL HEIGHTS, MARYLAND – On Friday, a pregnant woman was critically burned after being set on fire by her boyfriend.
Police received a 911 call at around 11:45 a.m. for a fire and possible arson at the Addison Chapel Apartments in the 1400 block of Elkwood Lane.
When firefighters and police officers arrived, they found smoke coming from the second and third floors of the three-story building.
The female victim, Andrea Grinage, was identified by her mother. Grinage, 30, suffered burns to a large part of her body and was transported to the Burn Unit at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, where she delivered a baby girl. Both Grinage and her child are in critical condition, the victim’s mother says.
Grinage’s mother says Andrea called her to warn about the boyfriend possibly heading to her D.C. home to try and harm her as well.
“She was able to tell emergency personnel and our officers who set her on fire, and also indicated to our officers that particular individual, an adult male with whom she had a relationship with, was known to, was possibly on his way to Washington D.C. to do more harm to a relative with hers,” said Prince George’s County police spokesperson Jennifer Donelan.
Neighbors say the pregnant victim was visibly burning when she banged on neighbors’ doors seeking help.
“She was very brave,” said Donelan. “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.”
However, the 34-year-old suspect, Laquinn Phillips, was arrested at his home, police said.
Grinage, who was pregnant when she was set on fire, gave birth to a baby girl seven weeks early. They both remain in critical condition.
Andrea’s father, Arthur Grinage, said that Phillips set his daughter on fire because he was angry she was pregnant.
“It all stems from him not wanting to take responsibility of him being a newborn dad,” said Arthur Grinage. “He didn’t want that. 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.”
Phillips has been charged with attempted first and second degree murder, arson, assault and several additional charges which are related to the incident.
He is currently waiting extradition to Prince George’s County from D.C.
Detectives say the motive for the arson is still under investigation.
Click here to donate to Grinage’s GoFundMe. So far more than $14,000 has been raised.
Prayers that both Andrea and her precious baby, make a full recovery.