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ETX man indicted for reportedly trying to burn stepmother's house down after allegedly hitting her

ETX man indicted for reportedly trying to burn stepmother's house down after allegedly hitting her
Harrison County Sheriff's Office
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Friday, January 24, 2014 - 12:12pm

An East Texas man has been indicted by a Harrison County grand jury for allegedly trying to burn down his stepmother's home.

Harrison County Deputies responded to a fire Monday, December 2, 2013, at a house in the 3600 block of Farm to Market Road 2208. Upon arrival, deputies found a mobile home fully engulfed in flames and James Cameron, 21, standing near the burning residence.

Investigation found James had been in a verbal and physical fight with his stepmother, Tonnya Cameron, 49, when James struck his stepmother.

Cameron allegedly poured used cooking oil through the home and gasoline around the back of the home prior to setting it on fire. Tonnya ran from the house when she realized it was on fire. She was treated for smoke inhalation and taken to a local hospital and the home was completely destroyed.

Cameron was arrested and taken to Harrison County Jail with charges of assault causing bodily injury to a family member and arson causing bodily injury.

He was indicted on the arson charge Wednesday, according to the Harrison County District Attorney's Office.
 

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