She has proven the strength of a mother’s love when she did the unthinkable only to protect her daughter’s honor. Read her story here.


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A mother’s love is relatively the purest and most intense kind of love in this world. The things that a mother can do for their children are virtually limitless. But the effects of such unconditional love can cause a mother to do things that may not always be the best deeds if only to protect her child.

The 40-year-old mother Tatanysha Hedman became subject of local headlines when she took matters into her own hands after she found out that her husband, Vincent Phillips defiled her seven-year-old daughter.

Tatanysha Hedman, waited for her husband to go to bed, then when he was asleep, she poured a combustible liquid on him and lit a match.Phillips ran from the couples apartment and entered a convenience store screaming, “I’m on fire!”

Investigators say Hedman set him on fire because he hurt her daughter, which is his stepchild. She told police that shooting him “was too nice.”

Of course, Philips’ crime did not go unpunished. While staying at the hospital to recover from his burn wounds, he was charged with first degree child molestation.

Phillips didn’t die in the blaze and is being charged with a 1st degree sex crime. Hedman faces arson charges and assault charges.

The friend threw a blanket over Phillips to put out the flames. Phillips didn’t say anything except to scream and left the apartment


When she was arrested, Tatanysha admitted to the crime and said that she only did it for her sweet daughter.

When a Renton detective questioned Hedman two days after the alleged assault, she said she bought gasoline, took it to the apartment and poured it on Phillips to set him on fire because she believed he had abused a child.

Filled with a mix of motherly love and utter rage, she told the police that she had initially thought about shooting her husband but thought that it would be “too nice.”




Her story captured the attention of many social media users. Unsurprisingly, she received praise from other parents who believe that she acted only to protect her child. Some even made a Facebook page and a fundraiser via GoFund Me to help raise enough money for her bail that was set at $500,000.

A recent post from the page dated July 6 said that Tatanysha is “out” and is staying at a transitional house in the meantime. She is also receiving much love from the Facebook community for her courage in protecting her daughter’s honor— a proof that there is no love stronger than that of a mother.
Source :, huffingtonpostnydailynews