A South Carolina man is being accused of leaving his baby daughter to die in a burning car during a wild police chase in South Carolina.
At around 10:20 p.m. on Friday, officers attempted to perform a traffic stop on Highway 14 in Greenville, Fox Carolina reports.
Shortly after, a chase ensued as the driver, who has been identified as Imhotep Osiris Norman, allegedly refused to stop, according to the outlet.
Officers trailed behind Norman, 26, for quite some time – eventually leading them onto I-85, Capt. Kelly Hughes told The Greenville News.
During the pursuit, Norman allegedly threw a large bag out of the window, which was later revealed to be filled with illegal drugs, police allege.
As police followed the car they noticed smoke coming from the undercarriage of the car before it bursted into flames, The Greenville Newsreports.
Norman then allegedly fled the vehicle on foot, according to WYFF 4.
After firefighters extinguished the fire, they found a body of a small child in the back seat, WYFF 4 reports. The child was later identified by the Coroner’s Office as 1-year-old Xena Rah’Lah Norman.
“The family has been notified and I ask that the community pray for the mother and family of this baby,” Coroner Rusty Clevenger said in a statement obtained by The Greenville News.
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Early Saturday morning, Norman was booked into the Spartanburg County Detention Center, according to Greenville News. He has been charged with homicide by child abuse.
He’s also been charged with a failure to stop for a blue light resulting in death, possession with intent to distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute amphetamine, according to Fox Carolina.
During his court hearing, Norman claimed he had no idea the car was on fire when he jumped out.
“I just know that the car wasn’t on fire when I got out the car,” Norman said according to Fox Carolina.
“I would have stayed in that car with my daughter. I would have never got out the car while the car was on fire. I seen sparks coming from under the tires when I tried to stop and I couldn’t stop at that point,” Norman said.