June 20, 2018
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Boy, 13, facing arson charges after spat with mother, police say

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

WATERVILLE, Maine — A teenage boy who was upset his mother wouldn’t let him go to a friend’s house is facing arson charges after he tried to set fire to a couch and a table, police said.

The 13-year-old, whose name is being withheld because of his age, tried to set a couch and the kitchen table on fire using a lighter Sunday evening at the Water Street apartment he shares with his mother, Waterville Police Chief Joseph Massey said.

Massey said the boy was angry that his mother wouldn’t let him leave the house, and that’s when he allegedly grabbed the lighter.

The police chief stated the couch and table did have some burn marks, but things could’ve been worse.

“We’re not quite sure if his intentions were to burn everything down,” he said. “It could’ve turned out badly.”

After police spoke with the boy and the mother, the boy was arrested and charged with criminal attempted arson. If he’s tried as an adult, the boy could face up to 25 years in jail on the Class A felony charge.

Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey said that it’s “possible but unlikely” that the teen will be tried as an adult.

The teen was taken to Mountain View Correctional Facility in Charleston, where he remains Tuesday.

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