‘Mama Bear’ Sets Husband on Fire After Finding Out He Molested Her Daughter
A Washington state man who was set on fire by his wife less than two weeks ago is now facing child molestation charges after his wife told police he sexually abused her daughter. On July 17, 40-year-old Tatanysha Hedman set her husband, 52-year-old Vincent Phillips, on fire while he slept in their Renton home. Once Phillips realized what was happening, he managed to flee the apartment and drive to a local Skyway convenience store, where security footage shows him just moments before passing out on the floor. Right before collapsing, Phillps allegedly told the clerk, “I’m on fire! Help me! It was my wife!” People in the convenience store quickly helped while the clerk called 911, and Phillips was soon rushed to the hospital. He is currently in intensive care at Harborview Medical Center, where he is being treated for severe burns. However, when police finally arrested Hedman, she gave them a chilling reason for why she decided to light her husband on fire. Hedman accused her husband of molesting her 7-year-old daughter, who is Phillips’ stepdaughter. According to KOMO-TV, the distraught mother admitted to police that she purposely chose to set him on fire, rather than just shoot him, because any less painful method “was too nice.” Even though Phillips is still in the hospital, detectives said on Wednesday that they plan to recommend he be charged with first-degree child molestation. As for Hedman, she is still being held at King County Jail on arson and assault charges. Her bail is set at $500,000.