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11-year-old Clearwater girl accused of trying to kill mother is in detention center

CLEARWATER — The 11-year-old girl accused of trying to burn her mother alive last week has been transferred to the Pinellas County Juvenile Assessment Center, a courts spokesman said Monday.

The girl, who is not being identified by the St. Petersburg Times because of her age, made her first court appearance for an advisory hearing Saturday, said Joe Walker of the juvenile division of the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney's Office.

The court on Saturday found probable cause for charges of attempted murder and arson, Walker said.

After the girl's arrest, she was hospitalized under the state's Baker Act for making statements that led detectives to believe she might try to harm herself, Clearwater police said. It's unclear when she was taken to the juvenile center.

According to Clearwater police, the girl and her 15-year-old boyfriend, Jack Ault of Clearwater, poured gasoline on the bed and on the floor of the mother's bedroom early Tuesday. They then lit the accelerant while the girl's mother, 48-year-old Nancy Broadhead, slept.

Broadhead was able to escape the blaze. She was hospitalized with burns and smoke inhalation and released a day later.

Ault was arrested on charges of attempted murder, arson and grand theft on Dec. 29 and was taken to the juvenile assessment center, where he remains.

11-year-old Clearwater girl accused of trying to kill mother is in detention center 01/04/10 [Last modified: Monday, January 4, 2010 9:31pm]
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