SC mother charged with Attempted Murder, Arson in interstate car fire

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WJBF) – A South Carolina mother is facing charges, accused of intentionally harming her 14-month-old child during a car fire on a busy Interstate.

23-year-old Caylin Allise Watson of Elgin is charged with Attempted Murder, Arson – First Degree, Arson – Third Degree and Abuse / Infliction of Great Bodily Injury upon a Child.

Watson is accused of setting her car on fire while her son was inside. The incident happened around 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 17th, while parked on I-126 westbound near mile marker 1.

Investigators say the child suffered severe burns all over his body and is in critical condition at the Augusta Burn Center.

Watson was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries before being taken to jail. She’s currently being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

Reports state that four bystanders stopped to assist by calling 911 and getting out to help the child.

Watson was immediately detained by responding officers after evidence suggested that the fire may have been intentionally set.


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