Burn victim's father surrenders

Man has lengthy police record
Jammie West is charged with aggravated assault in the burning of his daughter.

The man who witnesses said set his own daughter on fire Sunday during a family argument surrendered to authorities Tuesday.

 

Jammie Maurice West, 38, is in the Richmond County jail, charged with aggravated assault.

His daughter Bianca West, 20, remained hospitalized Tuesday in critical condition at the Joseph M. Still Burn Center with second- and third-degree burns to her face, arms and chest, according to a spokeswoman.

"It's absolutely a heinous crime," said Lt. Calvin Chew of the Richmond County Sheriff's Office. "To do this to somebody, especially your daughter, is ridiculous. This is the type of person you definitely don't want on the streets."

Witnesses said Jammie West was arguing with the victim's mother in the yard of her Blum Street home when his daughter arrived with her boyfriend, Michael Moss, and stepped in to help her mother.

West poured a flammable liquid from a beer bottle onto his daughter and ignited it with a lighter, according to a police report. Her mother smothered the fire with a robe.

"They (the victim and her father) had an all right relationship," Moss said, "but I never thought he would do that. She loved him."

Doctors say it's possible for West to get her skin color back, according to Moss, but they are still keeping an eye on her to determine if she'll need skin grafts. She has started to move around a little but has not been able to open her eyes.

"The one thing I'm waiting on is for her to open her eyes and start speaking," Moss said.

West was paroled in August after serving 16 years of a 55-year sentence for voluntary manslaughter and possession of cocaine and was living with his daughter and her mother.

In February 1993, Jammie West was charged with one count of malice murder, felony murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime.

An indictment charged West with the November 1990 shooting of Anthony Jackson. Jackson was shot once in the chest after complaining about the size of his crack cocaine purchase, according to police records.

Another indictment charged West with the December 1992 shooting of Benjamin D. Williams. Williams was parked on Holloway Drive when he was shot in the head through the rear window, according to police records.

West was also indicted twice in 1992 on charges of possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, according to court records.