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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