South Carolina man sentenced to 28 years in prison for leaving 19-month-old daughter to die in burning car

A South Carolina man was sentenced to 28 years in prison Tuesday after he fled from a burning car and left his 19-month-old daughter to die in the blaze in order to escape a police chase, according to a news release from the Spartanburg County Solicitor’s Office.

State troopers tried to stop Imhotep O. Norman, 28, en abril 2019 for speeding, el comunicado dijo. Norman drove over a median and onto Interstate 85 with flames and heavy smoke spewing from his car, el comunicado dijo.
After troopers forced him to the right lane of the road, Norman jumped out of the burning vehicle and left his daughter, Xena R. Norman, in her car seat, el comunicado dijo. Norman later told investigators he thought law enforcement officials would rescue her, según el comunicado.
      Norman’s daughter died due to acute carbon monoxide poisoning and thermal burns, el comunicado dijo.
        Norman told the judge during his first bond hearing in 2019 that he did not know the car was on fire when he got out, de acuerdo a CNN affiliate WHNS.
          I just know that the car wasn’t on fire when I got out the car,” Norman said. “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. I don’t know why what happened to the car were I couldn’t stop.
            Norman pleaded guilty to homicide by child abuse, failure to stop for a blue light and siren, possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, trafficking methamphetamine and possession of with intent to distribute amphetamine, possession of oxycodone, and possession of xanax, el comunicado dijo.
            CNN has reached out to Norman’s attorney for comment.

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