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Man set on fire by wife now faces sex crime charges

RENTON, Wash. (KOMO) -- The man who was badly burned when his wife allegedly set him on fire is now facing sex crime charges.

Renton police earlier said Vincent Phillips, 52, had been doused in gasoline July 17 while he slept in bed by his wife, Tatanysha Hedman. Investigators said Hedman then set her husband on fire.

Phillips then fled their apartment and drove to a Skyway convenience store screaming "I'm on fire!" Customers looked on as Vincent Phillips dropped to his knees, clearly in agony and begging, "Help me!"

The store clerk called 911 and medics rushed Phillips to Harborview Medical Center for treatment of severe burns.

Hedman, 40, later was arrested and told investigators she set her husband on fire because he hurt her 7-year-old daughter, who is his stepdaughter. She said she did it because shooting him "was too nice."

Then on Wednesday detectives said they are recommending that Phillips be charged with first-degree child molestation.

Phillips is still hospitalized in intensive care. His wife remains in jail, facing assault and arson charges.

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