PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff's deputies arrested a 13-year-old-foster child for setting fire to another foster child Tuesday afternoon in Port Charlotte.
Deputies were dispatched at 2:30 p.m. to a home in the 1000 block of Corktree Circle when a permanent foster mother reported the incident. Deputies were told the boy had been placed in her home four days ago. The other boy told deputies he was sitting on the couch when the suspect pulled a lighter out of his pocket and attempted to set fire to his shirt sleeve. The victim said the incident happened a second time and this time his shirt caught fire. The boy tried to blow out the fire but it didn’t work so he ran to his foster mother who pulled his shirt off and put out the fire.
Upon further questioning, the boy said the suspect earlier in the day used the same lighter and a spray can to make a “flame thrower” in the house. The boy had two burn marks on his upper right arm that started to blister from the shirt fire. The foster mother took the boy to a doctor for treatment.
Deputies contacted the suspect’s child welfare case worker who he was recently in the Department of Juvenile Justice center in Ft. Myers and he doesn’t want to stay at the Port Charlotte house. The suspect was arrested and charged with Aggravated Battery with a Deadly Weapon and transported to the Charlotte County Jail for booking; he was then taken to DJJ.