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Clearwater girl, 11, and boyfriend accused of trying to set mom on fire



An 11-year-old girl and her 15-year-old boyfriend tried to set the girl's mother on fire as she slept in her bed early Tuesday, police said.

Nancy Broadhead, who turns 48 on Wednesday, was hospitalized with serious but not life threatening injuries after police said her daughter and the daughter's boyfriend, Jack Ault, poured gasoline on the mom's bedroom floor and bed as she slept in it.

Clearwater police spokeswoman Beth Watts said a preliminary investigation shows the motive appears to be "your typical teenage angst." readers have posted more than 70 comments on the story, many asking why the girl was allowed to have a 15-year-old boyfriend. Here's a look at what some readers are saying:

"11 yrs old.... OMG!  ~ OverIt

"What is wrong with people these days?" ~ VacantSea

"Hope the mother is able to recover quickly. Both kids need some serious punishment, what though, I have no idea. This is mind boggling." ~ TheOne

"Typical Teen angst? Are you delusional? That's not typical. Maybe in some 'hoods it is, but not typical." ~ SandyGina

"How can an 11-year-old suffer from Teenage Angst? She won't even be a teen for two more years. Shouldn't it be 'Kiddie Angst' or something like that?" ~ TarponMarc

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[Last modified: Monday, May 24, 2010 4:01pm]


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