Burned mom gets baby back

November 5, 2009 5:44:58 PM PST
A woman who says her boyfriend set her on fire now says she's regained custody of her daughter.Shyona Perry, 20, has burns over 25 percent of her body and scars from skin grafts over another 25 percent. She says boyfriend Roderick Sanders poured gas on her and set her on fire after beating and choking her unconscious, because she'd threatened to leave him and take their baby girl with her.

Sanders is in jail facing charges of attempted murder and assault. He and his family have claimed Perry burned herself - something she denies.

"It's not fair, it's not fair, there's nothing fair about it," Perry told Eyewitness News Wednesday. "I'm going through a lot that I should have to go through, because as I've said, I've done nothing wrong. It's not my fault."

After a month of recovery in the UNC burn center, Perry says she was shocked to learn her 8-month-old daughter Shyrah had been placed with Sanders' parents.

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After a hearing in family court on Thursday, Perry said a judge returned her daughter to her. Court officials couldn't confirm that - saying the hearing was closed.

The social services attorney, Julia Southwick, told the judge that there had been "inappropriate media involvement" and that the child "doesn't need that exposure."

The judge then agreed to close the courtroom.

It is not known if Southwick explained why social services wouldn't immediately give the child back when Perry was released from the hospital.

Perry told reporters afterward that she was happy to have her baby back.

"I have my baby," Perry said. "My baby's with me ?I feel great."

Sanders, the father of the child, is currently being held under a $2 million bond.

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