Man who left daughter in burning car had infant in vehicle during prior stop

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SPARTANBURG, S.C. (WSPA) — A father accused of leaving his daughter to die in a burning car as he fled officers was previously arrested after a traffic stop with an infant in his vehicle. 

Imhotep Osiris Norman, 26, of Spartanburg is charged with homicide by child abuse in his daughter’s death.

Investigators found 1-year-old Xena Norman’s body in the back seat of a car that burst into flames after a chase on Friday night. 

Troopers say they tried to stop Imhotep Norman for speeding before he led them on a chase from Highway 14 in Greenville County to Interstate 85 that ended near mile marker 60. That’s where troopers say Norman jumped out of the burning car and ran.

A criminal background check shows Norman was arrested in October on drug and weapon charges by Spartanburg Police Department. 

The police report in that previous report says an officer stopped Norman for what appeared to be an altered tag on the SUV he was driving.

An officer noted the strong smell of marijuana coming from the vehicle. 

The report says Norman’s infant was in the SUV, along with the child’s mother.

Police found two guns and what looked like marijuana in plastic bags and a mason jar in the SUV, according to the report. 

The report says a total of 174 grams of marijuana and numerous pills in prescription bottles without Norman’s name were also found.  

A background check reveals that Norman was arrested for unlawful carrying of a weapon and three counts of possession with intent to distribute drugs. 

The woman with Norman at the time of his arrest in October was released at the scene. 

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