CINCINNATI (AP) -- A 14-year-old Ohio boy has been arrested on juvenile charges of attempted murder and arson after authorities said Thursday that he tried to kill his foster family by setting their house on fire, the second such incident in the region in a week.
Police and fire officials responded to the house fire Wednesday night in Wayne Township, 30 miles northeast of Cincinnati.
The teenager, a foster child from Franklin County who had been placed in the home, set it on fire in an attempt to kill everyone inside, said Butler County sheriff's Lt. Mike Craft.
"He was just very adamant that he wanted them all dead," Craft said about the teen's police interview. "He didn't go into details about why he was so unhappy. He just said, 'If you let me go home now I'll finish the job.'"
The boy's foster mother had to pull the teenager from his own burning bed. He was taken to a hospital for smoke inhalation and minor burns before being arrested and ordered held in juvenile jail.
The five adults in the house at the time of the fire weren't hurt.
It's unclear whether the teenager was trying to kill himself. Although he had to be pulled from a burning bed, Craft said the boy told authorities he had an escape plan.
It's unclear how long the boy had lived in the home.
Last Wednesday in an unrelated incident, a 16-year-old boy in Liberty Township was arrested on similar juvenile charges of attempted murder and arson after authorities say he tried to kill his parents by setting their house on fire as they slept and tying their bedroom door shut. They suffered minor injuries.
Craft said that the 14-year-old in Wayne Township said he hadn't heard about the Liberty Township fire and that the department has ruled it out as a copycat crime.
Sheriff Richard Jones said in a news release that "it's sad that we are again dealing with the youth of our community not placing any value on life and attempting to commit murder."
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