On Sept. 8, a pregnant mother of two boys, ages 8 and 15, was set afire in her Capitol Heights, MD, home allegedly by her boyfriend. When Prince George’s County police officers and firefighters responded to a 911 call at 1405 Elkwood Lane, they found the badly-burned, yet courageous, Andrea Grinage fighting for her life and the life of her unborn child.
Why Did He Do This?
In spite of her injuries, Grinage was able to call police herself and explain to them that her boyfriend doused her body with a flammable liquid and set her on fire. She also warned that the man might also be en route to Washington, D.C., to hurt one of her relatives.
The father of Andrea Grinage believes that her boyfriend did not want her to have the baby. It is unclear if he is in fact the father of the child, but the victim’s father thinks that he just did not want to be a father to the unborn child.
“Walk away, that’s all Im’ saying. There’s a whole lot of men out here that don’t want to be dads. If you don’t want to be a Dad, walk away.”
“She was very brave,” Police Spokeswoman Jennifer Donelan said at a press conference. “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.”
A Premature Birth
The 31-year old woman was taken to an area hospital where she gave birth to a baby girl who Grinage named “Journey.” The infant was delivered seven weeks early and was on a ventilator as of Friday, but is expected to live. Grinage suffered burns to 90% of her body and is in critical condition. The new mother has been sedated for now.
UPDATE: 30-year-old Andrea Grinage continues to fight for her life after being set on fire by her boyfriend in Prince…
Suspect In Custody
Police say that Grinage’s boyfriend turned himself in to authorities in Washington, D.C., and remains in custody with changes pending. The evidence and prognosis of both Grinage and the baby will determine the man’s fate. Domestic violence has been cited as the motive for the unthinkable act. Neighbors reportedly heard the couple arguing the night before Grinage was attacked.
Be A Man
Grinage’s father, Arthur, is understandably devastated. He thinks that the suspect assaulted his daughter as a way to avoid the responsibilities that come with being a parent.
“He’s a coward,” Arthur told NBC. “He’s less than a man. Walk away if you don’t want the responsibility. Walk away.”
"He's a coward." The father of a woman suffering from critical burns speaks out Only On NBC Washington. Andrea Grinage was set on fire this afternoon. Her family says Andrea's boyfriend is the suspect. They say he allegedly set her on fire because she was pregnant and he didn't want her to have the baby. http://www.nbcwashington.com/news/local/Pregnant-Woman-in-Critical-Condition-After-Domestic-Incident-in-Capitol-Heights-443294003.html
Posted by Shomari Stone on Friday, September 8, 2017
Mr. Grinage has set up a GoFundMe account to raise $50,000 to help cover medical expenses and the loss of all her family’s personal belongings in the fire. The Grinage has a long way to go to recovery and starting life anew.