Clearwater, Florida — An 11-year-old girl and her 15-year-old boyfriend have been arrested for lighting her mother's room on fire while she slept in it.
Police say Samantha Broadhead plotted with her boyfriend, Jack Ault, to kill her mother. The two suspects allegedly poured gasoline on Nancy Broadhead's bedroom floor and bed as she slept in it, then ignited it. They then took the mother's 2007 Ford Focus, and fled the scene.
Clearwater Police spokesperson Beth Watts said the situation escalated yesterday, "As for a motive or how this all came about apparently it's your typical teenaged angst that probably has been going on for some time and it escalated yesterday when the mother confronted the daughter about stealing a few of her cigarettes."
Nancy Broadhead was awakened by a smoke alarm in the home and was able to get out. She sustained serious burns and smoke inhalation.
Broadhead was taken to Morton Plant Hospital and has since been transported to Tampa General where she was admitted to the burn unit. Officials say her injuries are serious, but not life threatening. She is now listed in fair condition.
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Samantha Broadhead returned to the scene and agreed to go to police headquarters for questioning. Jack Ault was located and taken into custody at a friend's house. Detectives charged both juveniles with Attempted Murder and Arson Resulting in Serious Injury. Officials say Ault also faces a grand theft charge for stealing the victim's car.
Ault is being held at the Pinellas County Juvenile Assessment Center. Samantha has been placed under the Baker Act for psychiatric assessment.
The mother's car was recovered in a church parking lot in Clearwater.
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