Man sets woman on fire for asking for paternity test, leaves infant on street
A Phoenix man is being held on a $1M bond after he committed the inhumane atrocity of beating his ex-girlfriend, setting her on fire and watching her body burn. Then he left her infant child — who may belong to him — on the side of a road for someone else to find.
Why did Antwaun Ware set his ex-girlfriend’s body ablaze? Because she demanded he take a paternity test to prove whether he is the father of her baby.
According ABC News, when police found a baby girl in a car seat on the road, officials also found an adult shoe, a diaper bag and a wallet with an ID that belonged to Jasmine Dunbar, 21, on the scene.
Officials contacted Dunbar’s family, who had confirmed the baby belonged to Dunbar and that she had organized a meeting with Ware, 20, to discuss establishing paternity for her 7-month-old daughter.
Authorities eventually found Dunbar’s body while searching a field in Glendale, Arizona, a suburb of Phoenix, on Wednesday.
After dumping Dunbar’s body and setting it on fire, Ware took a “back way” to reach his girlfriend’s house because it was close to where he had dropped off the baby and officers were in the area, the document said according to the Arizona Republic.
Ware originally told officers “he picked Dunbar and her daughter up and dropped her back off after they got into an argument over the paternity test.”
However, Ware later changed his story after holes were detected in his version of the events. Ware “admitted he had a physical altercation with Jasmine and punched her a number of times with his fist,” police said in a probable cause statement. Ware said he then left her body in a field.
Dunbar’s 7-month-old daughter was found abandoned in a car seat along a street about 4 miles from her mother’s home, police said.⠀⠀⠀⠀
He reportedly told officials that he dropped the baby near his girlfriend’s house because he thought “someone would retrieve her and take care of her.”
Ware was charged with one count of first-degree murder, one count of kidnapping and one count of abandonment of a body, and child abuse.