Andrea Grinage should be enjoying her final stages of pregnancy.
But in a cruel twist of fate, the 30-year-old from Capitol Heights, Maryland, was forced to deliver her baby seven weeks early.
According to police, her boyfriend doused her in flammable liquid and set her on fire.
Grinage was found with critical burns over much of her body when police and fire crews responded to reports of a fire on Friday.
Grinage was forced into labor in the most horrific of circumstances. But the brave young woman gave birth to a baby girl, named Journey Aleah.
Mother and baby are both recovering in hospital. Grinage is already the mother of two boys, ages 8 and 15.
Meanwhile a GoFundMe campaign has been set up by Andrea’s father Arthur Grinage Sr.
‘Everything was lost in the fire and she must begin a new with your help. She has a long road to recovery and unknown medical cost. PLEASE stop domestic violence!!’ the father wrote.
The suspect in the sickening assault is believed to be the father of the newborn baby.
Arthur Grinage Sr believes that the attack on his daughter stemmed from her boyfriend’s immature attitude towards fatherhood.
‘It all stems from him not wanting to take responsibility of him being a newborn dad,’ the dad told WJLA.
‘He didn’t want that. And once a baby is conceived it’s too late for all that. You either step up and be a dad or you walk away.’
Despite her unimaginable pain Andrea was able to positively identify who attacked her.
Worryingly, she also told investigators that she suspected her partner was headed to Washington DC to attack other members of her family.
Detectives were able to get the suspect on the phone and talk him into turning himself in.
He has not yet been publicly identified by law enforcement.
But police have praised Andrea for maintaining her composure in the most difficult of situations.
‘These are not the circumstances under which this baby was to be born,’ Prince George’s County police spokeswoman Jennifer Donelan told NBC Washington.
‘She was very brave. We want her family to know how brave she was, suffering as badly as she was.’
‘She is critically burned, worried about her unborn child, dealing with those injuries and was able to share that information with us so that we could get moving with our investigation and locate this person,’ Donelan said.