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Mother accused of lighting daughter on fire has history of abuse charges

Porche Wright
Porche Wright Sacramento Police Department

The Sacramento mother accused of trying to set fire to her 7-year-old daughter was identified by police Monday as 27-year-old Porche Wright.

Wright was booked on suspicion of felony child abuse and attempted murder after police arrested her Saturday afternoon at her duplex in the 600 block of El Camino Avenue. Her daughter appeared to have suffered severe burns, police said.

The child, who was rushed to the hospital immediately after paramedics responded to the scene at 3:17 p.m. Saturday, is expected to survive.

Though it was not clear how the child was hurt, police said, her injuries were consistent with being sprayed with a flammable liquid and then lit on fire.

A family friend called police Saturday after noticing the girl’s burns, police said. They responded along with several firetrucks and paramedics. Neighbors said emergency vehicles were lined up the block.

Some neighbors shook their heads at the news that a child had been seriously injured, and possibly at the hands of her own mother.

“It’s horrible,” said neighbor Frank Taylor. “She was just a little baby, just a little kid.”

Wright was booked into the Sacramento County jail. She is ineligible for bail.

According to California court records, Wright has a history of abuse charges, though the records do not detail whom she was accused of abusing.

Earlier this year, she completed a “batterer’s treatment program” to settle a felony domestic violence charge from last year, according to court records. She was scheduled to appear in court to provide proof that she had completed the program Monday, at which point she was back in jail.

Wright is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday on the attempted murder and child abuse charges.

Call The Bee’s Marissa Lang at (916) 321-1038. Follow her on Twitter @Marissa_Jae.

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