14-year-old foster child sets fire to home, trying to kill family

Fire started in teen's own bed

WAYNE TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- A 14-year-old Butler County foster child is in juvenile detention, charged with trying to kill the family who welcomed him into their home. 

The foster boy was arrested Wednesday. Rescue teams had responded to a house fire in the 5100 block of Wayne Trace Road at about 7 p.m. to find six people inside.

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 down 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.

Just last week, a 16-year-old of Liberty Township reportedly tried to kill his parents by setting their house on fire , and tying their door shut so they couldn't escape. 

9 On Your Side's Natasha Williams contributed to this report. 


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