Father gets 28 years for letting girl die in burning car

A South Carolina man who left his 19-month-old daughter to die in a burning car during a police chase has been sentenced to 28 years in prison after pleading guilty.

Spartanburg, South Carolina – A South Carolina man who left his 19-month-old daughter to die in a burning car during a police chase was sentenced to 28 years in prison after pleading guilty.

Imhotep Norman of Spartanburg was sentenced Tuesday, according to the office of Seventh Circuit Attorney Barry Barnett. News sources reported that the officers tried to stop him from speeding in April 2019, as flames and smoke erupted from his car.

Instead, Norman drove over the average of Interstate 14 and into Interstate 85, where soldiers forced him into the right lane. The attorney’s office said he jumped out of the burning car, and as he was fleeing, a policeman saw him throwing a backpack with illegal drugs.

Firefighters found his daughter’s body after putting out the fire. The office said Zina Norman died of burns and acute carbon monoxide poisoning.

The boy’s father, who was arrested hours after fleeing into the woods, told investigators he believed the officers who were after her would save her.

Norman, 28, has pleaded guilty to murder by child abuse, failing to turn off blue lights and sirens, and several drug charges. The attorney’s office said he would have to serve 85% of his sentence before he would be eligible for release.

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