Michelle Southern reporting.
A Jennings woman is facing additional charges for allegedly lying about how her 4-year-old niece was set on fire. State Fire Marshal's office spokesman Brant Thompson says 29-year-old Gail Brown is accused of having sex for money at a home while her 6-year-old daughter and the 4-year-old niece were in a vehicle.
"Brown had left behind a cigarette lighter on the console of that vehicle, and the 6-year-old was able to gain access to it," said Thompson. "She then ignited the clothing being worn by the 4-year-old."
He says the child was able to leave the vehicle when her clothes were on fire and run to the home.
"It was not until Brown heard the child screaming did she exit the home to find the 4-year-old standing on the porch engulfed in flames," said Thompson.
Brown was booked for prostitution, child desertion, and false swearing for the purposes of violating public health or safety. Thompson says instead of immediately taking the child to the hospital, Brown went in another direction to try to hide her own criminal activity.
"Even as this child laid suffering in her vehicle from burn injuries, Brown traveled where the child's parent was and never called for emergency crews," said Thompson.
Thompson says the victim is being treated at a pediatric burn unit in Galveston, Texas.