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Woman allegedly set on fire by ex-boyfriend dies at hospital

Michael Kennedy is accused of dousing his former girlfriend in gasoline and setting her on fire. Michael Kennedy is accused of dousing his former girlfriend in gasoline and setting her on fire.
Deputies say Kennedy came to his ex-girlfriend's home early Sunday morning, got into a fight and set her on fire. Source: WBRC video Deputies say Kennedy came to his ex-girlfriend's home early Sunday morning, got into a fight and set her on fire. Source: WBRC video
JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

A woman who was allegedly set on fire by her ex-boyfriend has passed away at UAB Hospital from her injuries.

Deborah Diane Prater, 49, suffered extensive burns to her head, arms, upper body and legs in the attack.

She was admitted to the hospital in serious condition on Sunday, but officials with the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said her condition deteriorated late Monday night.

Prater passed away at approximately 12:12 a.m. Tuesday at the hospital.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with her family as they face the difficult times ahead," the sheriff's office said in a release.

Her former boyfriend, 48-year-old Michael Kennedy, was arrested Monday on charges of domestic violence and attempted murder.

Now that Prater has died, detectives will pursue a charge of capital murder against Kennedy.

Authorities say Prater and Kennedy were in a dating relationship for three years, but Prater ended it about a month ago.

Kennedy returned to Prater's home on Nellie Anderson Street early Sunday morning and the two got into an argument.

Deputies say Kennedy doused his ex-girlfriend in gasoline and set her on fire before fleeing from the scene.

Kennedy was arrested around 4 p.m. at a home in the 1000 block of Wilkes Road in Midfield. His initial bond was set at $60,000 but was increased to $250,000 late Monday afternoon.

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