Mom Accused of Burning Baby Will Undergo Mental Evaluation

Jun 9, 2015 8:55 AM

MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey woman accused of setting her newborn on fire and leaving her in the middle of a street to die will undergo a mental evaluation.

According to the Burlington County Times, a judge said at a status conference Monday that a report on 22-year-old Hyphernkemberly Dorvilier's mental state should be submitted before her next court appearance.

Dorvilier's public defender, Karen Thek, entered a not guilty plea on her client's behalf and says she's seeking an insanity defense.

Authorities say Dorvilier doused her newborn with accelerant and set her on fire in January. The baby had third-degree burns over 60 percent of her body. She died after she was flown to a Philadelphia hospital.

The Pemberton woman remains jailed on $500,000 bail. She's due in court on July 20.


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