Detroit woman who survived being shot, lit on fire while pregnant gives birth

Latonya Bowman gives birth to baby boy, 2 men facing long list of charges

Published On: May 29 2012 09:24:28 AM EDT   Updated On: May 29 2012 05:31:12 PM EDT
DETROIT -

A Detroit woman who survived being shot and set on fire has given birth the same day her accused attackers are charged.

Local 4 has learned that 22-year-old Latonya Bowman had an emergency C-section Tuesday to deliver her son.

She is recovering in stable condition but sources said the baby is in intensive care.

Plan was to kidnap, kill pregnant woman

Bowman was nine months pregnant when she met with her ex-boyfriend, the baby's father, Saturday at a home in Warren on Sherman Street.

Police said the two were in the garage when another man put a gun to Bowman's head, blindfolded her and bound her hands and feet with duct tape.

She was then driven in her own SUV to a vacant house in Detroit, doused in lighter fluid and set on fire.

Police said as Bowman tried to roll on the ground to put out the flames, she was shot in the shoulder.

As she lay burning and wounded, she played dead until her two attackers fled, police said.

She then drove herself to a gas station, then her mother’s house before she was taken to a hospital.

"This is one of the most disturbing, maniacal, difficult-to-wrap-your-head-around crimes we've had in our city," said Deputy Warren Police Chief Louis Galasso.

Men stand accused of attacking pregnant woman

Investigators say Anthony Mathis and Jamal Rogers, who is the baby's father, began devising the plan to attack Bowman in March.

Rogers allegedly didn't want to have a third child with a third woman.

They were both charged Tuesday with assault with intent to murder, conspiracy to commit homicide, felony firearm, unlawful imprisonment and conspiracy to commit unlawful imprisonment

Both were denied bond.

Gas station worker: 'She was burned up'

Mohamed Zokari works at the Shell gas station at Six Mile and I-75, where Bowman went for help. He said his co-worker was the one who gave Bowman a T-shirt when she walked into the station nearly naked from the burns.

"Everything was bad, she was burned up," Zokari said. "She was in a bad situation and he just looked out for her, gave her a T-shirt."