14-year-old Butler County child accused in plot to kill foster family to be evaluated next month

WAYNE TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- A 14-year-old Butler County child accused of trying to kill his foster family will remain in juvenile detention until a competency hearing next month, a judge said Friday.

The foster boy was arrested Wednesday, Oct. 30 after rescue teams responded to a house fire in the 5100 block of Wayne Trace Road to find six people inside.

At the boy's hearing Friday, a judge said he must return to court to be evaluated on Dec. 20 at 10 a.m.

Butler County Sheriff Richard K. Jones said the foster child had attempted to kill everyone inside the house by starting the fire, using the home as the target. He was placed with the family by a Columbus foster care agency. 

The boy lit his own bed on fire, and laid in it as the flames grew. He had to be rescued from the burning bed and was taken to the hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation. He, nor any family members were seriously injured. 

The boy is charged with aggravated arson, domestic violence and five counts of attempted murder. 

Jones said that he is "quite concerned" with the recent violent actions of juveniles in the area.

"It's sad that again we are dealing with the youth of our community not placing any value on life and attempting to commit murder," he said.

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