Child, 7, arrested for ‘intentionally’ setting fire to family home while parents slept

In Jackson County, West Virginia, a seven-year-old child was apprehended and charged with first-degree arson for ‘deliberately’ setting fire to their family home.

The incident occurred on Wednesday morning while the child’s parents were asleep inside the residence.

Firefighters were alerted to the house fire in the Elizabeth area and responded around noon.

Chief Deputy State Fire Marshal Robert Bailey reported that the fire resulted in minor burn injuries to two individuals, but fortunately, everyone managed to escape the home safely.

Officials shared a photograph depicting the engulfed property at the scene.

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A photo shared by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department depicted the scene, revealing the home consumed by flames.
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Law enforcement has apprehended and formally charged a 7-year-old child with first-degree arson for intentionally igniting their family’s residence.

Following the fire incident, the juvenile was apprehended on Wednesday evening.

The West Virginia State Fire Marshal’s Office is currently conducting an investigation, and due to the sensitive nature of the case, no additional details have been disclosed at this time.

In West Virginia, charges against children can be filed either through citation or by criminal complaint.

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