Girl, 1, dies in burning car when dad flees after police chase

4/14/2019 10:26 PM   

A 1-year-old girl died in a burning car when her father got out and ran away during a chase, according to US police.

The deadly incident began around 10.20pm on Friday on a South Carolina highway in Greenville County, where a state trooper tried to stop a car for speeding, according to Captain Kelley Hughes of the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

The car was doing 107 kilometres an hour in a 72kmh (45 miles an hour) zone at the time, Hughes said.

The car continued onto Interstate 85, travelling north, Hughes said. During the pursuit, the trooper noticed smoke and sparks coming from the undercarriage of the car that later turned into flames.

Troopers attempted a rolling road block, and the burning car slowed to a stop around mile marker 60, Hughes said. The driver jumped out of the car and ran away as it slowed to a stop.

Firefighters arrived to extinguish the burning car and found a body in the back seat, Hughes said.

Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger said the body in the back seat was that of 1-year-old Xena Rah'Lah Norman, of Spartanburg, according to WYFF.

South Carolina Law Enforcement Division agents and a dog team later located the driver, 26-year-old Imhotep Osirir Norman, of Greenville, according to Hughes.

A bag thrown from the vehicle during the case was located and found to contain illegal drugs, Hughes said.

Norman is charged with one count of homicide by child abuse, according to the State Law Enforcement Division.

He remains jailed in the Spartanburg County Detention Center.


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