Sheriff: 7-year-old arrested, charged with arson after setting house on fire

JACKSON COUNTY, W.Va. — A 7-year-old boy was arrested in Jackson County, West Virginia accused of setting his house on fire, officials say.

>> Read more trending news

Jackson County Sheriff’s Department said that Wednesday evening a child was taken into custody and charged with first-degree arson for intentionally setting his house on fire while his parents were inside sleeping.

Police did not say why the boy, whose name was not released, allegedly set the home on fire, which happened around 12 p.m., according to WOWK.

Charges can be brought against children by criminal complaint or citation in West Virginia, according to CBS News.

The sheriff’s office said everyone made it out of the house alive, but that two people had minor burns.

Several fire departments were called out, as were the state fire marshal, medics and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department, WASZ reported.

The sheriff’s office also announced on Thursday that Aaron Hufford, 38, the boy’s stepfather, was arrested, accused of child abuse but provided no further information.

In a criminal complaint obtained by WOWK, deputies said they learned about a video of Hufford that allegedly showed him hitting a child, picking the child up, and leaving the room.

On Air107.3 The Eagle - Tampa Bay's Classic Hits Station Logo

See a new furry friend up for adoption each week, brought to you by Fence Outlet!

Win tickets to concerts, unique experiences, great prizes and more!

Get weather news that matters, including forecast and radar from 10 News!

Check out the newest blog, written by all of your favorite Eagle personalities!

Be the first caller to answer Fisher's "College of Rock Knowledge" weekday mornings at 7:50 and WIN! 877-595-1073

Swimming is a great recreational sport that can be enjoyed by people of all ages, especially here in Florida. But it’s important to know how to be safe while you’re in the water.

mobile apps

Everything you love about and more! Tap on any of the buttons below to download our app.

amazon alexa

Enable our Skill today to listen live at home on your Alexa Devices!