Cops: Pa. Woman Set Fire While Baby Nearby

The five-month-old was in a car about 10 feet away from the fire.


May 08--Lehigh Township police have charged a woman with setting a vacant home ablaze Tuesday afternoon while she had an infant in a car nearby.

Jillian Hope Faustner, 24, of the 3300 block of South Fifth Street in Whitehall Township, was charged Wednesday with arson, risking a catastrophe, endangering the welfare of a child, criminal mischief and dangerous burning.

Faustner was sent to Northampton County Prison under $25,000 bail.

Police said that just before 1 p.m. Tuesday, Faustner set several boxes on fire in the home in the 700 block of Almond Road.

Police said a 5-month-old was in a car parked just 10 feet away when the fire broke out.

Faustner told police she set fire to the boxes because a man she had lived with threatened to burn the items if she didn't pick them up.

-- Pamela Lehman

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