Oct. 31--WAYNE TWP. -- A 14-year-old boy is charged with multiple counts of attempted murder after allegedly setting fire Wednesday night to his foster parent's home in Wayne Twp.
The teen, a foster child placement from Franklin County, told detectives he had a plan to escape the burning house in the 5100 block of Waynes Trace Road, but he wanted everyone else to die, said Lt. Mike Craft.
Firefighters were called to the residence about 7 p.m. There were five adults and the teen in the residence when they arrived. The teen was physically pulled from his burning bed by his foster parent.
The teen was transported to Cincinnati Children's Liberty Campus in Liberty Twp. for treatment of smoke inhalation and minor injuries. After being released from the hospital, the teen was charged with delinquency by reason of aggravated arson, domestic violence and five counts of attempted murder. He is housed in the Butler County Juvenile Detention Center.
Craft said the boy told detectives during an interview, "If you let me out tonight, I will go back and finish them off."
Sheriff Richard Jones expressed concern with recent violent acts committed by juveniles. Last week, a 16-year-old boy was arrested for allegedly trying to kill his parents by setting fire to his house.
"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," said Jones. "It seems every time I think I've seen or heard it all, something else comes up that proves me wrong."
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