SC Highway Patrol has released the dash cam video showing the moments leading up to the death of a one-year-old girl from Spartanburg who died in a burning car.
Investigators say her father was behind the wheel and escaped out the passenger side after leading them on a chase.
The family of Xena Norman’s mother had publicly asked this video be released and 7News was with the family, Friday, as they watched it for the first time.
A Freedom of Information Act request for the Highway Patrol dash cam video is providing answers to a question that has plagued the family of one-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 whle it was on fire,” said Norman.
Today, 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 Xena 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 to talk.
They requested this video be released. The road to healing will be long, but they believe the truth means Xena can rest in peace.
“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 may baby that’s all I want,” said Palmer.
The family of Xena’s mother has appreciated the support of people who have donated to their Go Fund Me page to help pay for the funeral costs for Xena. They wanted to clarify, none of the money will go towards Norman, and will all be used to pay for the unexpected costs of burrying a child.