Mother Faces Arson And Murder Charges Over Son's Death
By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express
September 20, 2006
PERRY TOWNSHIP, OHIO--The mother of a 25-year-old man with cerebral palsy is facing charges of arson and murder related to her son's death in a house fire.
The badly burned body of Michael Henry, 25, was pulled from his bedroom on September 13, after firefighters put out the fire. Investigators later said the fire had been started inside Michael's bedroom, noting that they also found a red plastic gasoline can and other evidence, including "pour patterns" and "splash marks", indicating that an accelerant had been used to fuel the flames.
Michael's mother, Lisa, 47, was charged with first-degree aggravated arson and first-degree aggravated murder.
Police believe Lisa was despondent over her own mother's death, and decided to set the house on fire and kill herself. She was found with slashed wrists inside the bathtub next to a suicide note, police said.
Michael's father, John, was able to rescue three small children from the burning house, but the intense heat prevented him and firefighters from getting to Michael, who used a wheelchair and was not able to walk or talk.
During a preliminary hearing Tuesday, Judge Ernest Lallo decided to send the case to a grand jury.
Michael's funeral service was being held at the same as Lisa's hearing, the News-Herald reported.
In May of this year, an Albany, Oregon couple was charged with first-degree arson and first-degree manslaughter following the burning death of their 19-year-old son, who had autism. Police said Nicolaas Dirk DeGroot, 45, and Agnes Elizabeth DeGroot, 48 started a fire in their apartment, then locked their son, Christopher, inside to burn.