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Man charged with attempted murder after setting pregnant girlfriend on fire in Md.

Laquinn Phillips (Prince George's County Police Department)

A Southeast D.C. man has been charged with attempted murder after intentionally setting his pregnant girlfriend on fire in Capitol Heights Friday morning.

Laquinn Phillips, 34, of the 2100 block of Ridgecrest Court, set 30-year-old Andrea Grinage on fire in a domestic-related arson incident on September 8.

Grinage, who was pregnant when she was set on fire, gave birth to a baby girl seven weeks early. They both remain in critical condition.

The fire happened at an apartment in the 1400 block of Elkwood Lane at 11:45 a.m.

Grinage, who neighbors say ran outside after being set on fire, was able to provide information about who was responsible.

After speaking with detectives, Phillips agreed to turn himself following the incident. He was arrested at his home Friday evening.

Arthur Grinage, father of Andrea, told ABC7's Tim Barber Friday that Phillips set his daughter on fire because he was angry she was pregnant.

"It all stems from him not wanting to take responsibility of him being a newborn dad,” said Arthur Grinage. “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.”

Phillips has been charged with attempted first and second degree murder, arson, assault and several additional charges which are related to the incident.

He is currently waiting extradition to Prince George's County from D.C.

Detectives say the motive for the arson is still under investigation.

Click here to donate to Grinage's GoFundMe


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