Pregnant Maryland Woman Set On Fire By Ex-Boyfriend Is Home For The Holidays
"It's a blessing."
Andrea Grinage was pregnant when she was set on fire by her ex-boyfriend, forcing her to deliver her daughter six weeks early. However this holiday season, Grinage says she's full of gratitude due to the overwhelming support from her friends, family and neighbors.
“It’s a blessing. I’m happy that people are able to help me and my family,” Grinage said.
CBS Baltimore spoke with Grinage on Christmas Day and she said while she was still in the hospital recovering from her burns, her family cared for baby Journey. “My family was caring for her, and then I got limited use of my left hand, so it was kind of difficult to do things with her on my own,” Grinage said.
Grinage's horrifying story inspired those in the community to fundraise for her and her daughter. However, one woman went the extra mile by bringing three large bags of toys.
Despite the charitable efforts by many, Grinage, who received burns to 90% of her body, says holding Journey is sometimes bittersweet. "A lot of times when I see her, I see her dad,” she said. "I didn’t meet her until she was two months, so lately we’ve been able to bond.”
Journey's father, 34-year-old Laquinn Phillips was charged with arson, attempted murder and assault.