MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A man has been charged with murder after setting his girlfriend on fire, according to the Hennpin County Attorney’s Office.

Vanessa Danielson, 36, died after being severely burned when police say her house was intentionally set on fire. They believe it was part of a domestic violence situation.

The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office says 32-year-old Wyndale Fayson is in custody. His first court appearance has not yet been scheduled as he remains in the hospital with serious burns.

Court documents show Fayson was charged with felony domestic assault in July and given a no-contact order for Danielson.

Court records show Fayson violated that no contact order on Thursday.

Police were first called to the home on the 2900 block of Taylor Street around 2:45 a.m. Danielson said that Fayson came to her home and got angry, smashed her cell phone and threatened to kill her by setting the place on fire. He had left when police first arrived.

A neighbor said that he heard screaming at 3 a.m., “He’s going to kill me, he has a gun!” That neighbor called 911.

Ultimately, when police arrived once again that morning, the apartment was on fire, and Danielson was lying in the front yard, badly burned.

She told paramedics that she woke up on fire in bed, and told a neighbor that Fayson was responsible.

The criminal complaint says that a melted two-gallon gas can was found in the residence, and there was evidence of accelerant used on the bed.

Police said they found Fayson on his hands and knees a few blocks away, screaming in pain from severe burns. The complaint says he told police he should not have gone back to the house.

Danielson’s mother told WCCO her daughter was a vulnerable adult with severe complications from multiple sclerosis. She said she had tried to get her daughter out of the relationship multiple times.

She says it was only a few weeks ago she reached out to the Hennepin County Adult Protective Services, but she says they didn’t do anything.

Danielson’s mother says she is devastated by the death of her daughter, but hopes the tragedy will shed light on domestic violence and the lack of resources for loved ones concerned about domestic situations.

Danielson leaves behind a child from a previous relationship.

Kate Raddatz

Comments (2)
  1. Vanessa was my cousin she died at the hands of domestic abuse. We come from a family with long history of trauma after trauma which makes us more susceptible to domestic abuse. Domestic abuse is harmful whether it’s physical, mental or emotional. I urge anyone and everyone that has had a childhood filled with domestic abuse to seek out help. Most of us are battling C-PTSD and have no idea that it is a result of our childhoods. Some of us take on the role of over achievers to ignore the pain while a majority spends a life time trying to make those feelings to go away with bad choices in life. With the advancements of Neuro-science they can now see the damage that is done to our brains when we grow up in homes where our mothers endured physical abuse while we watched. The good thing is that there is help now……………………. NO ONE DESERVES TO LIVE OR DIE LIKE THIS!!!

  2. Must be da white devil’s fault your family still all fu*ked up after 300 years. Guess we gotta raise your welfare payments again so you can spend more time responsibly beating your illegitimate children.