Man Burned His Ex-Girlfriend To Death After She Asked For A Paternity Test

March 12, 2018  |  
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Jasmine Dunbar, 21, was reported missing in Phoenix, Arizona on Tuesday, March 6, 2018. She was last seen with her ex-boyfriend Antwaun Travon Ware, 20, on Tuesday night. . Family members told ABC15 she left home with Ware and her 7-month-old baby around 7:30 p.m. so that Ware could take a paternity test. The baby girl was found alone in her car seat along a road around 10 p.m. With the baby was a single adult shoe, a diaper bag, and backpack with Jasmine’s identification. . On Wednesday afternoon, Jasmine’s badly burned body was found in a field. Officials are awaiting official identification of the body through scientific analysis, but the body has been tentatively identified as Jasmine. . According to an official report, Ware told police that he dropped Jasmine back off at her apartment, but later changed his story to say they got into a physical altercation and he punched her several times. He said he left her still alive in the field where she was found, panicked and dropped the baby off in another area so someone would find her. He said he then went back to the scene where he left Jasmine.  Police say Ware told them he put a piece of paper on Jasmine’s body, poured gasoline and lit it with a cigarette. He watched as the fire burned out and left the scene to get the baby, however, he saw police already with the child and went a different direction to avoid them. . KNXV reports that due to evidence collected, including a gas can, police developed probable cause to arrest Ware on one count of first-degree murder, kidnapping, abandonment of a body and child abuse. . Jasmine was a loving mother to her baby girl, Ariel. Her family is inconsolable over this tragic loss. Please remember them in your thoughts and prayers. Rest peacefully Jasmine… ✨ #jasminedunbar #ripjasmine #justiceforjasmine #instamemorials #gonebutnotforgotten #restinpeace

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Last week, Phoenix detectives were investigating the identity of a baby who was found abandoned on the side of the road. Later, they discovered a burned body. 

Eventually, they were able to deduce that there was a connection between the two. According to 12News, by way of People, Jasmine Rain Dunbar, 21, was last seen with her 7-month-old daughter and her ex-boyfriend Antwaun Ware on Tuesday night at her home in West Phoenix.

Hours after Dunbar was last seen alive, her daughter was found alone in her car sear, outside, six miles from her home. The child was left with an adult shoe, a diaper bag and a backpack that contained Dunbar’s ID.

Last Wednesday, police found Ware at his home and brought him to the police station for questioning.

According to police, Ware changed his story about his whereabouts that evening several times. First, he said he took Dunbar and the child back to her home. Later, he claimed that he punched Dunbar during a fight and eventually dropped her off in the field where her body was later found. Ware said he panicked afterward and left her daughter in another area.

Eventually, Ware told police that he went back to the field where he left Dunbar and put a piece of paper on her body. Then he admitted to pouring gasoline on her body, lighting it with a cigarette. He claims he watched her body burn before leaving the scene to get the baby.

Official identification of Dunbar’s body is still pending.

But with Ware’s testimony and the gasoline can left by the body, police say they’ve obtained enough evidence to substantiate Ware’s arrest.

He is currently being held on a $1 million bond.

According to Dunbar’s grandmother, the former couple met up because Dunbar was taking Ware to take a paternity test.

In an interview with Fox 10, Jasmine’s mother, Tonya Smith said, ““I can’t, I can’t get it in my brain. I have cried so much today. What was the reason?” Smith said.

“He took away life. He took love. He snatched it like it belonged to him,” Smith said. “Jasmine mean the world to me. She was my daughter. She was beautiful. She was smart. She was funny, goofy I’m telling you.”

Smith also expressed the pain she feels, not being able to protect her daughter.

“I hate that I couldn’t be there to protect her, cause that’s what every mother wants to do is protect their child. And I couldn’t be there to do that. That’s a regret I’ll have to carry on,” Smith said.


Smith has launched a Go Fund Me campaign to cover funeral expenses and help with the costs of raising Dunbar’s child. 

Veronica Wells is the culture editor at She is also the author of “Bettah Days” and the creator of the website NoSugarNoCreamMag. You can follow her on Facebook and on Instagram and Twitter @VDubShrug.

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