Renton woman pleads not guilty to lighting husband on fire

Tatanysha M. Hedman - Submitted
Tatanysha M. Hedman
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A Renton woman pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a charge she lit her husband on fire in bed after dousing him with gasoline.

Tatanysha Marie Hedman, 40, is being held in the King County Jail in downtown Seattle on $500,000 bail on a charge of first-degree assault, domestic violence.

Her husband, Vincent E. Phillips, was able to drive to a nearby 7-11 store on Southwest Sunset Boulevard, where he asked the clerk to call medical aid.

He suffered burns to his head and upper body and was treated at Harborview Medical Center.

In an interview, Hedman told Renton detectives she intended to set him on fire because she claims he molested her daughter, according to court documents.

Renton detectives investigated her claim, including interviewing the child, and forwarded their investigation to the King County Prosecutor's Office, which is reviewing the case.

Hedman's story has raised widespread interest, in part because of her motivation.

There's at least one effort on the website to raise money to pay for her bail and her legal expenses.

She's being represented by a public defender.

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