Thursday, December 31, 2009
Daughter Tries To Kill Mom Over Cigarette Dispute
Eleven year old Sets Mom on Fire in Dispute Over Cigarettes, Police say
December 30, 2009
CLEARWATER, Fla -- An 11-year-old Florida girl is in a psychiatric ward and her mother in the hospital after the teen allegedly set the woman's bed on fire as she slept, police said today.
Police and fire officials were called to the Huntington Lane home shortly after 1 a.m. Tuesday where they found Nancy Broadhead in the front yard.
Police say the woman was awakened by a smoke alarm and managed to escape.
Broadhead was taken to the hospital suffering from burns and smoke inhalation.
Her daughter, Samantha, and her boyfriend 15-year old Jack Ault are accused of pouring gasoline on Broadhead's bedroom floor and bed, and then set the room aflame.
Police say the pair escaped in the mother's 2007 Ford Focus.
They have both been charged with attempted murder and arson after the fire.
Watts said there was ongoing tension between Nancy and Samantha Broadhead, which escalated Monday when the mother confronted her daughter about stealing some of her cigarettes