Screams of woman set on fire heard in 911 call

AP News
Posted: Nov 19, 2009 1:26 PM

A Connecticut woman who police say was set on fire by her boyfriend can be heard screaming in a 911 call tape released by authorities.

In a neighbor's call to police Sunday, Christina Lee of New Haven yells "He's setting my daughter on fire!" while the neighbor pleads with a dispatcher to send help. Police released the tape Wednesday.

The 35-year-old suffered burns on about 40 percent of her body and remains in critical condition at Bridgeport Hospital.

Police say Lee's boyfriend, 50-year-old Howard Stewart, poured an accelerant on Lee and her 12-year-old daughter and set Lee on fire. The girl escaped unharmed and rescued Lee's 3-month-old daughter from the burning house.

Stewart is being held on $2 million bail on arson, assault and other charges.


Information from: New Haven Register,