A 16-year-old Ohio boy faces juvenile charges of attempted murder and arson for setting his house on fire while his parents slept.
(Photo: Jennifer Edwards Baker, The Cincinnati Enquirer)
LIBERTY TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- A 16-year-old Ohio teen was arrested Thursday on juvenile charges of attempted murder after authorities say he set his house on fire to try to kill his parents as they slept and tying their bedroom door shut.
He is charged with two counts of aggravated attempted murder and one count of aggravated arson, said Butler County sheriff's spokesman Sgt. Monte Mayer.
The sheriff's office is asking that the high school junior and honor roll student be tried as an adult for the Wednesday night fire.
Both of his parents were injured in the blaze that appears he used an accelerant to set two fires in the second-floor hallway, one of which was in front of his parents' bedroom, said Fire Chief Paul Stumpf.
The father, 50, broke his legs after jumping out of the Liberty Township, Ohio, home. Liberty Township is about 30 miles north of Cincinnati. His mother, 56, was hanging out a second-story window when authorities arrived. Firefighters used a ladder to rescue her. Both were taken to the hospital; the mother for smoke inhalation.
Jones said the teen, who was charged about four hours after the fire started, confessed and "showed no remorse."
The sheriff said the teen has no known psychological problems or prior criminal record. Still, he mapped out a detailed plan on how he was going to kill his parents, Jones said.
"This is a well thought out plan," Jones said. "In 40 years, I've never seen this and it was almost successful. A lot of people could have been killed or hurt. When you are 16 years old and trying to kill people and tie their door shut, this is serious stuff."
Jones declined to disclose additional details about the plan or to say what sparked the dispute. But he said, it was over something fairly minor.
"It was just a parent saying you can't do this or you can't do that," Jones said.
Jones said the teen "drew pictures of what he wanted to do. He had a blueprint."
The boy and his parents are not being identified because he is a juvenile.
A plea was not entered when the teen appeared in juvenile court Thursday morning. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for Nov. 5.
The teen is being held at the county juvenile detention center until the hearing. It is unknown whether he has an attorney.
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