Police: Man running from police left child to die in burning car

Imhotep Osiris Norman and Xena Rah'Lah Norman (Photo: Spartanburg County Sheriff's Office/GoFundMe)

SPARTANBURG, SC (AP) — Authorities in South Carolina say a man fleeing a traffic stop left his daughter to die in a burning car.

News outlets report 26-year-old Imhotep Osiris Norman was charged with homicide by child abuse. The South Carolina State Highway Patrol says troopers tried to stop him for speeding on Friday.

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Capt. Kelley Hughes says the pursuing troopers noticed Norman’s car was smoking and sparking. Authorities say a bag was thrown from the moving car; they say it later tested positive for illegal drugs.

The car then burst into flames and Norman fled on foot when it rolled to a stop. Investigators then found the body 1-year-old Xena Rah’Lah Norman in the car’s back seat.

Norman was later arrested. He says he didn’t know the car was on fire.

Xena Norman’s mother, Thaisha Young, set up a GoFundMe page to help the family with expenses.