Dashcam video released after baby dies in car fire following dad’s chase

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) – The South Carolina Highway Patrol has released the dash cam video showing the moments leading up to the fiery death of a 1-year-old girl from Spartanburg.

Investigators say her father was behind the wheel and escaped out the passenger side after leading authorities on a chase.

Xena Norman was left inside the car which caught fire. 

Before the car stopped, sparks were seen and parts that were on fire were coming off the car along the highway, the video shows.

The family of Xena Norman’s mother had asked the video be released and WSPA was with the family, Friday, as they watched it for the first time.

A Freedom of Information Act request for the Highway Patrol dashcam video is providing answers to a question that has plagued the family of 1-year-old Xena Norman since the night she died April 12.

“What really happened, what really happened that day that night,” said Christine Palmer, Xena’s grandmother.

The driver, her father, Imhotep “O’Sha” Norman had defended himself at his bond hearing the night Xena died.  

He told a judge, “I just know that the car wasn’t on fire when I got out of the car.  I would have stayed in there with my daughter, I would have never got out of the car while it was on fire,” said Norman.

Friday, the family that once stood behind Norman watched in horror as sparks turned to flames and he continued driving even around a patrol car trying to stop him — all with his baby daughter inside.

Moments later as the car becomes fully engulfed, a trooper realizes the driver has escaped out the passenger side.

The visual truth is adding new pain to a wound that hasn’t even begun to heal.

“He was still driving the car, he didn’t even pull over to stop, then I knew, he didn’t care nothing about that baby, he didn’t care about nobody but himself,” said Palmer.

She, as well as other relatives, were there Friday with Xena’s mother, whose grief was too overwhelming for words.   

“I used to love O’sha, he was a good person, but now I seen the real person.  He lied for himself.  So I want justice for my baby and my grandbaby and my baby that’s all I want,” said Palmer.

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