Suspect's Car Burns During Chase

Infant in backseat dies

Lee Rogers
April 13, 2019 - 9:08 pm

Patrick Gentry


A suspect running from a traffic stop has claimed the life of a one-year-old.  The Highway Patrol attempted to stop a driver speeding on Highway 14 just before 10:30 Friday night. 

The driver refused to stop and continued onto I-85.  Troopers saw sparks and smoke coming from the speeding vehicle and requested dispatchers to contact an area fire department.  As the driver continued on  I-85 a large bag was thrown from the vehicle. 

Near the Highway 101 exit, the car became engulfed in flames and the driver slowed, rolled to a stop and then 26 year-old, Imhotep Osiris Norman, of Spartanburg, jumped out of the car and ran away.  Troopers and Spartanburg County K9 officers were initially unable to locate Norman. 


After firefighters extinguished the fire, the body on one-year-old Xena Rah'Lah Norman, of Spartanburg was found in the backseat of the burned out car. 

Troopers located the bag that was thrown from the car, which contained illegal drugs. Troopers were also able to later locate and arrest Norman. He is being charged with homicide by child abuse and is being held at the Spartanburg County Detention Center without bond. 

The Spartanburg County Coroner's office will perform an autopsy on the body of Xena Norman at a later date to deteremine the exact cause of death. 

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