Husband set on fire by wife now faces child molestation charges

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A man stumbled into a convenience store in Washington State, saying his wife poured gasoline on him and set him on fire.

KENT, WA (KABC) -- A man who was badly burned when his wife allegedly set him on fire is now facing sex crime charges.

A police report filed with court papers said Tatanysha Hedman, 39, poured gasoline over her husband, Vincent Phillips, 52, and then set him on fire. Hedman told prosecutors she believed Phillips molested her 7-year-old daughter and admitted to setting the fire because shooting him "was too nice."

A friend, who was sleeping on a couch in the apartment at the time of the incident, told police she woke up to arguing and saw Hedman run out of the apartment. Phillips then ran out the bedroom with his head on fire.

The friend threw a blanket over Phillips to put out the flames. Phillips didn't say anything except to scream and left the apartment, the police report said.

Phillips is still hospitalized at the Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with severe burns to his head and chest. Now, detectives are recommending he be charged with first-degree child molestation, ABC affiliate KOMO reports.

Hedman remains in jail, facing assault and arson charges. Her bail was set at $500,000.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.