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NJ mom accused of setting newborn on fire, leaving her in street pleads not guilty
By Andrea Cavallier
May 12, 2015 at 11:17 A.M.
PEMBERTON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (PIX11) -- A New Jersey woman accused of killing her newborn baby by setting her on fire and leaving her in the street back in January pleaded not guilty Monday.
Hyphernkemberly Dorvilier, 22, is facing charges of first degree murder and second degree endangering the welfare of a child.
According to the Burlington County Times, Public Defender Karen Thek says she plans to amend the plea to either not guilty by reason of insanity or by diminished capacity.
Some loved ones appeared in Superior Court Monday on behalf of the baby, whom they posthumously named Angelica, and in support of Dorvilier.
Police responded to Simontown Road on the night of Jan. 17 to the report of a fire in the road. When a witness went to investigate, Dorvilier told him she was burning dog feces. After the witness poured water on the flames, he discovered it wasn't feces, but a newborn baby.
Authorities say Dorvilier set her baby on fire and left her on Simontown Road in Pemberton Township not long after giving birth. The baby died at St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children in Philadelphia.
An autopsy performed by Burlington County Medical Examiner Dr. Ian Hood revealed that the baby died of smoke inhalation and burns. The family was shocked and say they did not even not Dorvilier was pregnant.
Officers at the scene reportedly found a can of WD-40 spray and a lighter in Dorvilier’s jacket. After finding blood in the house, authorities believe that Dorvilier gave birth then went to Simontown Road and set her baby on fire.
Dorvilier has been held at the Burlington County Corrections and Work Release Center in Pemberton Township on $500,000 bail since her arrest Jan. 17. She is scheduled to appear in court June 8 for a conference.