The teens were seeking revenge for being reported to police after previous break ins at the house.
The woman's children are ages 4 months and 4 years.
The attack occurred May 13, 2014 in Middletown, Ohio.
(See video below.)
A black teenager is facing charges as an adult for what authorities are describing as the revenge arson of the home of a white woman and her two children. And his arrest, and that of a juvenile, may be just the tip of the iceberg, authorities say.From our news source we read:
Already, Thaddeus Shields, 18, is facing a court hearing this week on the count, and a 17-year-old whose name was not released is facing juvenile court. Authorities, meanwhile, say their investigation continues and more perpetrators may be arrested and charged in the attack in Middletown, Ohio.
The alleged black-on-white crime earlier this week culminated a campaign of terror against the mother, according to a report by WCPO-TV.
The station reported that the victim, Jennifer Chitwood, came into conflict with members of a local gang about Thanksgiving last year when her home was burglarized.
“I caught them coming out … with my TV – my flat screen – and they threw it,” she told the station.
She reported the incident to police, and two weeks later her home was again hit by burglars.
“We took my daughter to school and back, and they were going around my house with my flat screens,” Chitwood reported.
As a result, according to Middletown Police Lieutenant Scott Reeve, a 16-year-old was charged. And that, Chitwood said, brought on the harassment.
Saylor frantically told a dispatcher that a group of teens had broken into her house five times in the past and now they were throwing bricks and trying to kick in the door in the 2000 block of Roosevelt Road.
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A day after the incident, Saylor told WCPO she feared the teens would kill her and her two kids, ages 4 months and 4 years.
A few hours after the teens tried to break in, somebody set fire to Saylor's house and destroyed it. Police have charged a 17-year-old with arson.
Here is a partial transcript of the 911 call:
DISPATCHER: I can't hear. Ma'am. Ma'am, you need to stop yelling. I can't hear you.
SAYLOR: They busted my front door. They're trying to kick my door in.
DISPATCHER: What is your address?
SAYLOR: Roosevelt Boulevard. They're trying to shoot my house and everything.
DISPATCHER: OK. Who is it?
SAYLOR: Some kids I called the police on for breaking into my house and they've been trying to …
DISPATCHER: Are they kicking at your door? Answer my questions. Are they there right now?
SAYLOR: Yes. They're outside my door. Please come now …
DISPATCHER: Ma'am. Ma'am, you have to stop screaming. I can't help you until you stop screaming.
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