A Florida truck driver was arrested and charged with attempted murder this week after New York authorities responding to an upstate gas station found a baby doused in a flammable liquid, according to reports.
A second unnamed man was also detained at the scene and is expected to face charges, WABC-TV reported.
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Jamie Avery Jr., 25, faces charges of attempted murder, arson, and endangering the welfare of a child.
(Seneca County Sheriff’s Office)
Seneca County Sheriff’s deputies found the baby inside the Tyre, New York, gas station after responding to a report of fires. A 4-year-old with head injuries was also found alone inside a tractor-trailer.
Both children are expected to make a full recovery.
Jamie Avery Jr., 25, faces charges of attempted murder, arson, and endangering the welfare of a child, according to WABC.
“It is alleged that the two suspects had poured a flammable liquid on the 1-year-old child and attempted to light the child on fire inside the building,” Lt. Timothy Thompson said in a news conference, according to WPBF-TV in West Palm Beach, Florida. “Luckily the two were unsuccessful.”
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“Circumstances surrounding the 4-year-old are still under investigation,” Thompson said. Investigators believe Avery was a parent to the children, WPBF reported.