Published: Sunday, January 18, 2015 @ 1:54 AM
Updated: Monday, January 19, 2015 @ 4:50 AM
By: Cox Media Group National Content Desk
PEMBERTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. — A New Jersey mother is facing a murder charge after police say she set her newborn daughter on fire, burning her to death.
According to NBC Philadelphia, Hyphernkemberly Dorvilier, 22, was taken into custody after she allegedly poured an accelerant on the baby and set her on fire in the middle of a Pemberton Township road late Friday.
Witness Davis Joseph told police that he saw Dorvilier burning something in the road about 11 p.m. Friday. Dorvilier claimed her dog had defecated in the car and she was burning the waste, Joseph told NBC. But Joseph said he and his wife soon realized that a baby was on fire.
"My wife heard the baby scream. ... [Dorvilier] tried to run for it," Joseph said. "Then I put her to the ground. That's when we saw it was a baby."
The infant was taken to St. Christopher's Hospital in Philadelphia and died two hours later.
Dorvilier is being held at the Burlington County Corrections and Work Release Center on $500,000 bail.