Challenge Alert

Lock in $15,000 with your donation by 6:30 p.m.

Donate now

Baby set on fire still had umbilical cord, placenta attached

Authorities say a baby who died after being set on fire in the middle of a New Jersey road still had an umbilical cord and placenta attached.

Twenty-two-year-old Hyphernkemberly Dorvilier of Pemberton Township faces an initial court appearance Tuesday in Mount Holly on murder charges. It isn’t clear if Dorvilier has an attorney.

Court documents released by Burlington County prosecutors say Dorvilier was found with a can of WD-40 and a lighter in her jacket pocket. They say the baby suffered third-degree burns over about 60 percent of her body.

Police say Dorvilier told the man who found the burning baby that the newborn wasn’t hers. Police say they found a trail of blood leading from Dorvilier’s home and she appeared to be bleeding while at the hospital afterward.

Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

It will take 126,000 members this year for great news and programs to thrive. Help us get to 100% of the goal.