New details have emerged in the case of a woman burning a baby in the middle of a Burlington County road in New Jersey.
Early reports of the incident did not provide the relationship between the woman and child.
Bucks County Courier Times reports that the woman who set fire to the infant was indeed the baby’s mother.
The newborn did not survive.
“Burlington County Prosecutor Robert D. Bernardi and Pemberton Township Police Chief David H. Jantas announced today that a Pemberton Township woman has been charged with killing her newborn baby by setting her ablaze last night on Simontown Road,” a statement by the Burlington County Prosecutors read, in part.
Hyphernkemberly Dorvilier, 22, has been charged with murder. Bail has been set at $500,000.
Dorvilier allegedly stopped her car in the middle of the road, doused the child in an accelerant and then set the child on fire.
Neighbor Dave Joseph, 45, witnessed the horrific event.
Joseph said the woman got out of her car and lit something on fire. She allegedly told him it was dog feces.
“Her demeanor was calm. She knew what she was doing,” Joseph said.
Joseph claims the woman put the fire out with a water bottle, and that is when his wife realized what was really happening and began to scream.
Dorvilier tried to flee but the neighbors stopped her.
“It was just mind-boggling. It was a nightmare even if you have a strong heart,” Joseph said. “Hopefully she’ll pay for it.”
The baby was still breathing when medics arrived on the scene. The child succumbed to her injuries later in the evening, reports The Daily Mail.
“We thought, hopefully, it would fight. It was fighting all night,” Joseph said.
The investigation is ongoing and no motive has been released by authorities.