The Miller County Prosecutror Matt Howard charged an Iberia mother with four felonies for the deliberate attempt to kill her six-month-old son by setting him on fire. KRCG's Mallory McGowin has been tracking this story both Thursday and Friday.
It started Wednesday morning around 8:30, when Iberia Police responded to a house fire at 432 Lombar Street. When Police Chief Andy Long arrived at the scene, a woman was standing in the middle of the street holding a badly burned infant, wrapped in a blanket. Since then, authorities have determined the fire that burned the baby was no accident, and the woman holding him was responsible.
"Upon investigation, all day and all night, questioning numbers of people, we arrested Christina L. White," says Miller County Sheriff Bill Abbott.
Miller County Prosecutor Matt Howard has charged Christina White with first degree arson and three counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Investigators say White has confessed to setting her baby's blanket on fire as he lay in his crib.
According to the probable cause statement filed with the court, White told her sister she lit the blanket covering her son with a cigarette lighter and then walked back to her own bedroom.
According to the statement, Christina heard her son begin to cry and scream, but did not leave her room until he stopped. Christina told her sister that she wanted her son to die.
The baby is listed in critical condition at University Hospital in Columbia, suffering second and third-degree burns over 60 percent of his body.
Christina White is being held at the Miller County Jail in Tuscumbia without bond. Authorities say her first court appearance will be some time Monday. The charges against her could change with any change in her son's condition.