Injured pregnant woman was doused with gas, set on fire, court records say

WASHINGTON — A Capitol Heights woman was critically injured after her boyfriend poured gasoline on her and then set the pregnant woman on fire last week, court records said.

Laquinn D. Phillips, 34, of D.C., was arrested within hours of dousing his girlfriend and then setting her on fire in her bathroom last Friday afternoon. Phillips appeared in court on Wednesday to face charges of attempted murder, arson, assault, reckless endangerment and property destruction.

He was ordered to undergo a mental evaluation and remains held without bond. His next court hearing was set for October, said John Erzen, spokesman for the Prince George’s County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Meanwhile, Phillip’s girlfriend remained hospitalized in critical condition on Wednesday. Her baby girl, who was delivered almost two months early, is expected to survive, Erzen said.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Phillip’s girlfriend fled from the apartment building, spreading the fire as she ran. She suffered severe burns to a large percentage of her body.

She was able to call for help and was taken to the hospital were doctors delivered her baby.

The fire caused an estimated $40,000 in damage, court records said.

WTOP’s Megan Cloherty contributed to this report. 


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