Car fire kills baby as dad f lees po­lice

The Buffalo News - - NATIONAL NEWS -

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

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