Man charged with murder, arson after two fire investigations, death of 10-year-old


BEECH ISLAND, S.C. (WJBF) – A Beech Island man facing murder charges in addition to arson charges in connection with two residential fires over the weekend, one of which reportedly resulted in the death of a 10-year-old

The Midland Fire Department and Aiken County Sheriff’s Deputies were sent to the 100 block of Lamar St. in Warrenville for a structure fire on July 11th at 6:53 a.m.

Fire crews initially believed all members of the household were out of the house, and the learned of a 10-year-old boy still inside the home. A fireman found 10-year-old Kason Adams in the home and passed him through the window to other firemen and deputies. The child was transported by Aiken County EMS to a local hospital.

Aiken County Coroner Darryl Ables informed NewsChannel 6 that 10-year-old Adams was pronounced dead Monday at 1:31 P.M. from injuries sustained from the house fire.

Kason was spending the night with his friend when the fire started. He will be autopsied in Newberry.

The same morning around 10:29 a.m. the Midland Valley Fire Department and Aiken County deputies were sent to the 2000 block of Sumter Street in Beech Island in response to another residential fire. According to a witness, 29-year-old Clifford Beaudin Jr. was standing in front of the home, watching it burn.

A witness approached the suspect and he ran away from the scene. As the fire department worked on putting out the fire, deputies located Beaudin and took him into custody.

After further investigation, it was found that Beaudin was linked to both fires. Investigators were called to both scenes to investigate the origin and causes of each fire.

Beaudin is being held at the Aiken County Detention Center on charges of Murder, Arson 1st Degree, Arson 2nd Degree and Attempted Murder.

He may face more charges as this investigation continues.

The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office is continuing the investigation.

Kason’s family has started a gofundme page. If you would like to help them out, please CLICK HERE.

Stay tuned to NewsChannel 6 for updates on this developing investigation

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