Andrea Grinage and her newborn baby, Journey Aleah, are in critical condition at the hospital after a brutal domestic violence incident occurred in her Capitol Heights, Maryland, home.
Grinage was forced to deliver her baby seven weeks early after sustaining life-threatening injuries from her boyfriend.
Laquinn Phillips allegedly “doused her with a flammable liquid inside her apartment and set her on fire” all because she was pregnant with their newborn child.
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Andrea’s father, Arthur Grinage told ABC 7:
“It all stems from him not wanting to take responsibility of him being a newborn dad. He didn’t want that. And once a baby is conceived it’s too late for all that. You either step up and be a dad or you walk away.”
“You never think it will happen to your loved ones — let alone your daughter.”
However, rather than succumb to her injuries, Grinage reportedly “ran outside after being set on fire” to tell her neighbors the name of her attacker and that he was on his way to D.C. to kill one of her family members.
Prince George County spokeswoman Jennifer Donelan said:
“She was very brave. 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.”
With Grinage’s information, police were able to get Phillips on the phone and “talk him into turning himself in.” He was arrested Friday evening.
Phillips is now behind bars on charges of “attempted first and second degree murder, arson, assault.”GoFundMe
According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), 1 in 3 women and 1 and 4 men experience intimate partner physical violence. Every year in the United States, over 10 million women and men are victims of domestic violence.
If you or someone you know is a victim of partner abuse, call The National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233 or visit their website.GoFundMe
Of Phillips, Grinage’s father said:
“He’s a coward. He’s less than a man. Walk away if you don’t want the responsibility. Walk away.”
However, thanks to Grinage’s immense strength and courage, her baby is doing “OK.” And although baby Journey Aleah was not born under ideal circumstances, Arthur Grinage said that:
“She’s hanging in there. She’s doing fine. She’s beautiful.”
Arthur set up a fundraising page in his daughter’s honor to help her rebuild the life she lost in the fire. To donate to the mother-of-three, visit her GoFundMe page.