MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. – A New Jersey woman accused of dousing her newborn baby with accelerant, setting her on fire and leaving her in the middle of a road has been indicted on a murder charge.
Burlington County Prosecutor Robert Bernardi says 22-year-old Hyphernkemberly Dorvilier of Pemberton also faces a child endangerment count in Tuesday's indictment. He says an arraignment date for Dorvilier hasn't been set.
Dorvilier remains jailed on $500,000 bail. If convicted, she could face a sentence of life without parole.
Authorities say Dorvilier gave birth Jan. 16, after somehow hiding the pregnancy from her family.
A short time later, police responded to a call about a fire in a residential road in Pemberton, about 30 miles east of Philadelphia. Officers found the baby in flames and put out the fire.
The child reportedly was alive and breathing at the time she was flown to a hospital. An autopsy determined she died from smoke inhalation and burns.
Police haven't disclosed a possible motive.