MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) — A woman pleaded guilty Monday to setting her newborn on fire and leaving her in the middle of a New Jersey street.
Hyphernkemberly Dorvilier pleaded guilty in Mount Holly to aggravated manslaughter. She had previously pleaded not guilty to a murder charge.
The 23-year-old Pemberton Township woman doused her newborn with accelerant and set her on fire in January 2015, investigators said. The baby had third-degree burns over 60 percent of her body and died two hours after she was flown to a Philadelphia hospital.
Prosecutors will recommend that Dorvilier be sentenced to 30 years in prison. She is scheduled to be sentenced April 22.
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Prosecutors say she hid her pregnancy from her mother and sister. Investigators say the baby was found with her umbilical cord and placenta attached.
Police responded to a call about a fire on a road in the township, 30 miles east of Philadelphia. When they arrived, they found a neighbor holding Dorvilier down on the ground and the baby wrapped in a smoldering towel and paper, according to the court documents.
Dorvilier was found with a can of WD-40 and a lighter in her jacket pocket, investigators said.