Woman who prosecutors say set husband on fire pleads not guilty to domestic assault

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Tatanysha Hedman has been accused of setting her husband Vincent Phillips on fire. She claims she did it because she says Phillips molested a child.

KENT, Wash. (AP) — A Washington woman who told police she set fire to her husband because shooting him would be too nice pleaded not guilty to a charge of domestic violence assault.

The King County prosecutor’s office says 39-year-old Tatanysha Hedman remained jailed after Tuesday’s arraignment in Kent with bail set at $500,000.

Court papers say she poured gasoline over Vincent Phillips on July 16 at their Renton apartment and set the fire because she believed he had molested a child. A friend helped put out the fire and Phillips went to a nearby convenience store asking for help. He was treated at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for severe burns to his head and chest.

Police investigated the abuse claims, and Thursday prosecutors are still reviewing the case to decide whether to charge him according to a spokesman for the prosecutor’s office.

When a Renton detective questioned Hedman two days after the alleged assault, she said she bought gasoline, took it to the apartment and poured it on Phillips to set him on fire because she believed he had abused a child.

“She also stated that she made up her mind that she was going to pour gasoline on him and not shoot him because that was too nice,” the police report said.

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