Dad Flees Cops, Leaves Toddler To Burn To Death As Car Catches Fire

Wanted drug dealer Imhotep Osiris Norman took off on foot when his car burst into flames, and left his toddler to die.

Greenville, SC – An accused drug dealer left his one-year-old daughter to burn to death in his vehicle, after the car burst into flames during a pursuit on Friday night.

The incident began at approximately 10:20 p.m., when a South Carolina Highway Patrol (SCHP) trooper tried to stop a speeding vehicle on Highway 14, WHNS reported.

The vehicle had been traveling 67 miles per hour in a 45 mile-per-hour zone, SCHP Captain Kelley Hughes said, according to The State.

The driver, later identified as 26-year-old Imhotep Osiris Norman, refused to pull over, and led officers on a chase onto Interstate 85.

During the pursuit, the trooper noticed sparks and smoke coming from the vehicle’s undercarriage.

As Norman approached mile marker 58, he tossed a “large bag” out the window of his vehicle, the Spartanburg Herald-Journal reported.

That’s when the car started to catch fire, according to WHNS.

Within minutes, the vehicle was completely engulfed by the flames, and Norman slowed down to about 30 miles per hour.

He barreled out of the inferno as the vehicle rolled to a stop, then took off on foot.

After first responders extinguished the flames, they discovered the scorched body of Norman’s one-year-old daughter, Xena Rah’Lah Norman, in the backseat.

South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) agents and a K9 team managed to track Norman down, and he was placed under arrest, The State reported.

Investigators also recovered the bag he tossed during the pursuit, and discovered it was filled with illegal drugs.

Norman has been charged with homicide by child abuse, failing to stop for a blue light resulting in death, possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine, possession with intent to distribute amphetamine, and possession with intent to distribute marijuana, WHNS reported.

He had multiple active warrants stemming from earlier felony drug offenses at the time of the chase, The Greenville News reported.

According to Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office records, Norman was arrested in November of 2018 after deputies located marijuana, cocaine, rifles, pistols, cash, digital scales, and other items related to drug sales during a search warrant.

He was taken to jail on charges of possession with intent to distribute cocaine and possession with intent to distribute (dealing) marijuana, but was released on bond a day later.

He didn’t bother to show up for court, resulting in the warrant for his arrest.

During his initial appearance on Saturday afternoon, Norman claimed that he was unable to get the car to stop during the chase, and denied that it was on fire when he ran away and left his toddler inside, WHNS reported.

“I just know that the car wasn’t on fire when I got out the car,” he told the judge. “I would have stayed in that car with my daughter. I would have never got out the car while the car was on fire.”

“I seen sparks coming from under the tires when I tried to stop and I couldn’t stop at that point,” Norman claimed. “I don’t know why what happened to the car where I couldn’t stop.”

He was ordered to be held without bond.

Xena’s maternal grandmother, Linda Glenn, described her as a “little angel” who “was just a loving little doll,” The Greenville News reported.

Glenn said that the family is devastated by the loss of the innocent little girl, but that Norman simply made a mistake.

"He loved her," she told the news outlet. "It’s like we lost two. He really just made a bad choice. He made a bad choice but he loved that baby."

Xena’s entire family seemed to be backing Norman.

“We believe him, 100 percent, both sides of the family believe what he’s saying,” the little girl’s great aunt, Renalla Clowney, told WSPA. “If he woulda knew, he wouldn’t of got out of the car.”

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Brittany2btru
Brittany2btru

I like how reading this the family states that he loved that little girl, well if he loved that little girl he wouldn't be distributing drugs and running from cops and wouldn't have left the little girl in the car in the first place regardless if it was on fire or not. I understand family trying to defend family but in this case, that's just pure ignorance. That poor baby, being strapped into a car seat not able to do anything but left to be burned alive. I can't even imagine. Rest in Peace Angel.

61mouse
61mouse

Wow kills HIS kid. HIS kid dies in the worst possible way and they still protecting that POS

LEO0301
LEO0301

@Hi_estCommDenomn - when they talk about black lives mattering is this what they're referring to?

Annies Mom
Annies Mom

This is a culture where women are so cheap, by their own choice, that they think nothing of making babies with "baby daddies", instead of fathers. God bless this little girl, she had no choice in the matter.

THEDUKE
THEDUKE

Have you read enough ? At this point just how many stories like this do you feel you need to read to make a personal determination that >far< too many from this one community are nothing but ignorant ,vile and pure evil. It is even apparent when you read the truly misguided commentary from some of the black trolls on this site.... Is there any limits to the depths of depravity that these people will stoop to? You cannot get rid of these types of animals in this society fast enough. My mind is made up. What about yours?

Rascal1966
Rascal1966

WTF??? Is there something wrong with the water or DNA in this family/community?? "We believe him 100%". Really?? He's a f--king drug dealer you low IQ scants!! His selfish ass just let a beautiful little baby girl be burned alive to her death!!! Oh but "Black Lives Matter" right? Y'all can f--king go to hell!! And take Burgers A llday and Hi_estCommDenomn with you too!!!! Sick of this shit!!!

JBo
JBo

"Norman simply made a mistake."

No...a mistake is when you crap your pants...not leave your one year old child to burn to death.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

Show them the PD dash cam video... Then I want to see if they still back this low life...

and where is black lives matter in all this? Oh that's right, all they care about is the lives of criminal, not innocent angels....

Terminaters168
Terminaters168

Shocked it’s a black dude

All5xx
All5xx

Based upon what I have been seeing every day, I would think these families are delusional. I have no doubt they will regain their senses enough to hire a lawyer and sue every public agency involved for millions. They should receive nothing since her father murdered her, if any first responder had know there was a child in the car, they would have done everything to save her.

Daughter
Daughter

Good riddance.....that precious baby

Grog
Grog

Hey grandma! I guess he didn't love her that much, not enough to save her life!

stooge819
stooge819

They always want to interview the mothers or grandmothers. Not so much the fathers though. Hmmm...

bob95648
bob95648

Nothing says fatherly love like runnin from the popo with a bag of dope and your kid in the car. If he'd have just pulled his sorry ass over and took his due, his child would be safe at home with family today.

magnumforc
magnumforc

Same happened in southern California several times where an illegal wrecked and ran leaving their child to die in the vehicle. One poor baby was hanging upside down when authorities responded. Sanctity of life means nothing to these cretins.

Gramercy
Gramercy

OH MY LORD!!!! DRUGS over MY CHILD??? Are we so mixed up we cannot even rationalize that incongruity? Maybe, there is no hope for some people..no hope...may he suffer the same fate as his daughter...int he same way!

alicefae
alicefae

Scumbag. How tragic. I’m gonna give him the benefit of the doubt, and pray he thought the cops would see and save that little baby. I hope he hears her screams in his dreams.

Libssuckroyally
Libssuckroyally

This lowlife piece of shit should never have been out of jail in the first place. His family are another bunch of lowlifes in their support of this murderer. Saying if he knew the car was on fire you never would have left this beautiful little child, BULLSHIT! He got out of the car while it was burning and ran to save his own ass figuring well he can just make another baby with another baby mama. I hope the whole family rots in hell and may this beautiful little angel who died so tragically RIP

BGats
BGats

This douchebags name is an insult to real Egyptian people

Caroparks53
Caroparks53

Am i only person enraged when these pos scumbags families defend them..he is a good person and on and on..after he left a baby to burn to death in his car?? He deserves death penalty..but california has idiot governor who will release this scumbag cuz he is good man.

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Branoli
Branoli

I guess dash cam video of the chase and of him bailing out of a car engulfed in flames would end this discussion. I certainly hope they have that. What a pos scumbag. That poor little girl. I can't imagine what she went through before she died.

Just-My-Thoughts
Just-My-Thoughts

His family supports a man who purposefully engaged in a police chase with A CHILD IN THE CAR. There is something wrong in this families DNA if they find nothing wrong with him or what he did. He is pond scum, period and I hope he gets his "due" either on earth or later. The little ones don't have a prayer to grow up as decent people when they're spawned by idiots like these families.

RB2207
RB2207

“I would have stayed in that car with my daughter. I would have never got out the car while the car was on fire.” It is irrelevant if the car was on fire or not, he still abandoned his 1 yr old daughter. Then for his "entire" family to support him? come on people that is part of the problem, the whole oh not my child he/she would never do that. Worthless POS.

CrimeDoc
CrimeDoc

“Imhotep Osiris”? I bet he wants his mummy about now.

BLM ALL LIVES MATTER
BLM ALL LIVES MATTER

Am I the only one that sees this as well. This incident happened at 10:30 pm. The baby should have been asleep in her crib but instead was in a car with her drug dealing dad who was loaded for sales. If baby mama wasn’t around he should have had grandma watch the baby while he continued to make poor choices. Good father who loved his daughter? I think not!!! But incarceration and a lifetime of remorse is a payback POS!