Pregnant woman loses baby after boyfriend sets her on fire

By: Shalah Sasse Email
By: Shalah Sasse Email

New information in an abuse case where a woman was burned. Richmond County investigators say the woman, who was seven weeks pregnant, has now lost her baby. 26-year-old Crystal Wright originally said she burned herself accidentally, but eventually said her boyfriend did it.

"We have an epidemic in the U.S. called domestic violence and we really need to do something about it," Cumbee Center Executive Director, Kay Mixon said.

31-year-old Anthony Haddix is charged with aggravated battery. However, he is not facing any charges having to do with the death of the fetus. He's been in jail since his arrest Friday.

"They need to support her, encourage her because she's going to go through a really hard time but also there is help for her," Mixon said.

There is help from places like the Safe House in Augusta as well as the Cumbee Center in Aiken, which assists abused persons.

"She's traumatized now and she's going to need a lot of help to get back to where she can lead a normal life," Mixon said.

Mixon said the only thing family can physically do is be there for that person and tell them that you love and care about them. But in the end, the victim has to be the one to make the ultimate decision.

"That's the hardest step for a battered woman is to reach out for help because that is saying publicly I am a battered woman and I need help," she said.

Crystal Wright's sister, Tracey, who lives in Tennessee said she talked with Crystal on the phone before the attack and knew Crystal and Anthony were fighting, but didn't think it would turn physical. Tracey also told News 12 that when her sister is well enough, she can move to Tennessee to be closer to her family.

As for her recovery, Crystal is getting better. Last week, she couldn't even feed herself. Her sister said she could be out of the hospital by the end of the month, but she will have to go through months of physical rehab.

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  • by Anonymous on Jan 30, 2008 at 06:59 PM
    hey anony if you would have read teh article you would have seen it said SHE went to get the gas after threatening to set HIM on fire
  • by Watching with interest on Sep 24, 2007 at 08:55 PM
    Where was the infant son when this violent fight took place? A check with Jacksonville police department and human services would show a history of explosive fights with boyfriends. During one fight with a boyfriend an infant son was left in a street in his stroller while the fight got out of hand. Another incident caused the same infant son to receive a broken leg. After this episode two children were removed from her care. She has since given another infant child up at birth. Violence is not new here and the person's safety that people should be most concerned about is the innocent one who cannot defend himself while irresponsible adults grow violent in their arguing.
  • by Beth Location: Jacksonville Beach, FL on Sep 10, 2007 at 11:35 AM
    Other side of the story? That should not matter one bit! If you are that angry LEAVE...WALK AWAY...CALL FOR HELP! You dont light the mother of your child and unborn child on fire! If your anger is that out of control and you feel that is your only option check yourself into a facility and get some help! THERE IS NO EXCUSE OR TOELRANCE FOR LIGHTING A PERSON ON FIRE! Anthony was abusive from the start! I was there when this "relationship" started and I assure you there was no excuse in his evil actions!
  • by Beth Location: Jacksonville Beach, FL on Sep 10, 2007 at 11:30 AM
    Is there something we can do to encourage the DA to take this matter seriously? Anthony has a history of domestic violence is it going to take two deaths before they realize he is a menace? He killed his own child...Cant we all do something?
  • by RICHARD Location: AUGUSTA on Sep 10, 2007 at 10:49 AM
    Hey, is there another side of the story that we don't know about
  • by Concerned Citizen Location: Jacksonville, FL on Sep 10, 2007 at 09:53 AM
    PLEASE PLEASE can someone explain to me the difference between abuse and attempted murder, because I am confused. If you pour gasoline on someones head and light a lighter, would tht not be attempted murder? If you kill an innocent child whether it be 7 weeks or 7 years is still murder!!!How is this creep getting away with this? There is a terrifying problem in our justice system if this horrible man walks away from this with anyting less than Fetal Homicide & Attempted Murder!! Ladies be very afraid.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 10, 2007 at 06:44 AM
    i think they need to further more investigate.
  • by Anony Location: Mo on Sep 9, 2007 at 02:17 AM
    He should be convicted of attempt of murder if not actual murder. He ABUSED a PREGNANT woman. He strangled her, and WENT to get gas to set her on fire giving her 3rd degree burns! He had lots of time to think abot uwhat he was doing from the time he was abusing her, going to get the gas, pouring the gas on her, and setting her on fire! He tried to KILL her. PROTECT women and kids from abuse! STOP letting abusers get off lightly! People who are abused are already afraid of their abusers because they don't feel no one will listen and they will not be protected. Also, her burns or mostly on her upper body including her head - He definately tried to kill her.
  • by ASU Criminal Justice Major Location: ASU on Sep 8, 2007 at 06:38 AM
    I agree with Reese. I can not believe that Richmond county is only charging this man with Aggravated Battery- that is a slap on the wrist. That man intended to kill this woman when he set her on fire. When you set a human being on fire, your intent is to kill them, you know that the person is more than likely to die. This man needs to be charged not only with feticide, but attempted murder, arson, endangerment to others, and family violence. This man should spend at least 15 years in prison for what he did to his girlfriend. If Richmond county will not stand up for this woman, you better believe that ASU students will! I am ashamed of the Richmond county justice system for giving this man a slap on the wrist during the highest times of domestic violence in our country. This will asure others that they too can get away with setting their girlfriends on fire. Lord please bless Richmond county and lead them to do the right thing by not allowing this man walk away with a slap on the wrist!
  • by Traci Location: Tennessee on Sep 7, 2007 at 05:54 PM
    I appreciate all the patient doctors, nurses, and staff members at Doctor's Hospital for the wonderful job they have done in caring for Crystal. God bless you all.
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