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Charge reduced to misdemeanor for woman accused of trying to burn down family trailer with sleeping kids inside

Norwalk Reflector Staff • Feb 4, 2013 at 11:01 PM

A Huron County grand jury has decided that felony charges are not warranted against a woman accused of trying to burn down a family trailer with sleeping kids inside.

On Friday, grand jurors handed down one first-degree misdemeanor count of criminal damaging against Amy S. Pridemore, 40, of 2787 S. Ohio 99, Willard. The case was transferred to municipal court for possible prosecution.

The indictment says Pridemore is accused of causing serious harm to people and serious damage to property "recklessly by means of fire" in connection with a Jan. 10 incident.

Pridemore initially was charged with aggravated arson, a first-degree felony, after authorities said she attempted to burn down the family trailer.

"The complainant called and said there was a female there who appeared to be under the influence of something," Huron County Sheriff's Major Greg Englund said.

Deputies were called to the scene at 1:09 a.m.

"The female had set fire to the kitchen and the complainant was able to put the fire out by using a child's coat," Englund said.

Pridemore is the mother of two children who were sleeping in the trailer at the time of the incident. Another male subject also was sleeping in the trailer at the same time, Englund added.

"The woman did live there, but there was an argument after the male told her he was moving out with the two children," Englund said.

"The woman pulled out a disposable lighter and set some things on fire in the kitchen and made the statement, 'if she couldn't live there, no one was going to live there,'" Englund said.

"Sgt. Todd Wagner and Deputy Ted Evans located the female in the back bedroom and arrested her without incident," he said. "The Norwalk Law Director's office charged her with aggravated arson because there were people in the home."

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