published Friday, April 5th, 2013

Boy, 14, charged with setting fire that killed mom

MEMPHIS — A 14-year-old boy has been charged with intentionally setting a house fire outside Memphis on Friday that killed his mother.

WMC-TV is reporting that the teen told detectives that he set the house ablaze after getting into a disagreement with his mother.

The boy has not been identified and has been charged with first-degree murder and aggravated arson. Firefighters responded to the blaze just after 6 a.m. Officials say the staircase had been torched, trapping the mother upstairs. Firefighters found 45-year-old Gwendolyn Wallace dead inside after extinguishing the blaze. She was a postal worker.

Early reports indicated that the boy’s father had left for work before the fire.

Officials did not say what the disagreement was about.

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