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Nashville woman severely burned after being set on fire has passed away

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Posted at 6:09 PM, Feb 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-20 19:11:05-05

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF)  — A woman severely burned in December after police say she was set on fire has passed away.

On December 30 2019, firefighters responded to the 2300 block of Alameda Street and immediately found Tabatha Blaylock severely burned in the front yard of the home. She was rushed to the burn center at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, where she succumbed to her injuries on February 14 2020.

Fire investigatorsarrested Leila Dawson, 48, days after the fire. Investigators say they determined Blaylock was set on fire inside her residence by Dawson. Video from a neighboring residence allegedly shows Dawson leaving the home with smoke coming out of the doorway as she backs out of the driveway.

Dawson remains in custody.

Investigators with the Nashville Fire Department are asking for additional information and witnesses in connection to the deadly fire. Anyone with information is urged to call the NFD Arson Hotline at 615-862-5640 or the TN State Arson Hotline at 1-800-762-3017.