Car fire kills baby as dad f lees police
COLUMBIA – A 1-year-old girl died in a burning car when her father got out and ran away during a pursuit on Interstate 85, police said Sunday. A state trooper tried to stop the car for speeding, according to Capt. Kelley Hughes of the South Carolina Highway Patrol.
During the pursuit, the trooper noticed smoke and sparks coming from the undercarriage that later turned into flames. Troopers attempted a rolling road block, and as the burning car slowed to a stop, the driver jumped out and ran away. Firefighters arrived to extinguish the burning car and found a body in the back seat, Hughes said.
Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger said Xena Rah’Lah Norman, of Spartanburg, was killed in the fire, according to television station WYFF.
South Carolina Law Enforcement Division agents and a K-9 team tracked the driver, Imhotep Osirir Norman, 26, of Greenville, according to Hughes. A bag thrown from the vehicle during the chase was located and found to contain illegal drugs, Hughes said.
Norman is charged with one count of homicide by child abuse, according to police.
– Columbia State