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A baby died after being doused with a flammable liquid and set on fire in the middle of Simontown Road on Friday night, police said.
Neighbor Dave Joseph, 45, said he witnessed the incident, which occurred shortly before 11 PM at the unit block of the street. A young woman had gotten out of her car and lit something on fire in the middle of the road, he said.
Joseph said the woman told him she was burning dog waste. “Her demeanor was calm. She knew what she was doing,” he said.Joseph said the woman put out the fire with a water bottle. Joseph’s wife realized what was happening and began to scream.
The woman attempted to flee, but neighbors stopped her from escaping. “It was just mind-boggling. It was a nightmare even if you have a strong heart,” he said. “Hopefully she’ll pay for it.”
The baby, which appeared to be a newborn, was still alive and breathing when fire and rescue teams arrived on the scene.
“We thought, hopefully, it would fight. It was fighting all night,” said Joseph. The baby was flown to St. Christopher’s Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia and died early Saturday morning.
The woman was taken to Deborah Hospital in Pemberton for examination, and then arrested. Police did not say whether she was the mother of the baby.
The age and sex of the baby, and the age and name of the woman, were not released. The Burlington County Prosecutor’s Office said that it would make a statement later this afternoon.
By Sharon Lurye