A Washington woman allegedly set her husband on fire after she learned that he sexually abused her seven-year-old daughter. Tatanysha Hedmon was seen on a gas station’s surveillance just hours before the incident purchasing gasoline. She said to shoot him would have been “too nice” so she doused him with gasoline and lit a match. The 40-year-old mother has been arrested and is now facing multiple charges.
Hedmon’s husband, 52-year-old Vincent Phillips, was sleeping peacefully before he was jolted awake and burned alive. Phillips managed to put the fire out and drive to a nearby store asking the cashier to help him. Surveillance at the Skyway convenience store showed Phillips falling to his knees in agony as he screamed, “I’m on fire!” The store clerk called 911 as customers looked on in shock.
The sad reality is millions of children are abused every year with no one to help them. Far too often it is at the hands of an adult which unsuspecting parents assumed was safe. Many stories have surfaced high on the news radar of children who were sexually assaulted by a man their mother loved, who also extended his “love” to their child. Law enforcement has reported many of these crimes against children have occurred in the home of a single mom who trusted her boyfriend around her children.
How about the many cases that are never heard because the child is too afraid to tell? Then there are times when the child dared to open up to the one who they believed would love and protect them only to find they chose their “man” over them. The child is then reprimanded or punished for “falsely” accusing their victim.
On average, a child abuse report is made every 10 seconds for a total of approximately 3.3 million child abuse reports annually. Each day more than five children die as a result of abuse or neglect. Statistics report approximately 80 percent of children that die from the hands of an abuser are under the age of the four-years-old. More than 90 percent of children who are victims know their abuser in some way and about 30 percent grow up and later abuse their own children or sit quietly by while someone else does.
Children who have been victims of abuse during their life tend to meet the criteria for at least one psychological disorder. Reports confirm 59 percent of abuse victims have a greater chance of being arrested as a juvenile, 28 percent as an adult and 30 percent are more likely to commit a violent crime. As many as two-thirds of the people who have been or are currently being treated for drug and alcohol abuse admitted they were abused in some form at children.
Today the mother of a seven-year-old child is in jail facing assault and arson charges after she chose to protect her daughter from this alleged pedophile who may have molested other children. Officers who arrived at the scene said Phillips told them, “my wife did it” just moments before he passed out. The accused was rushed to Harborview Medical Center for treatment of severe burns and is in intensive care recovering from his wounds.
A Washington woman set her husband on fire after she learned that he allegedly sexually abused her seven-year-old daughter. Vincent Phillips is now on the road to recovery but is facing first degree child molestation charges. The victim’s mother, Tatanysha Hedmon, is being held on a $500,000 bail. Although the mother had no “right” to take the law into her own hands, she is a hero to the multitude who understands her pain, dilemma and frustration.
By: Cherese Jackson (Virginia)