A lovers’ quarrel took a sinister turn that took the lives of three people in a fire in Michigan. A woman is accused of arson that killed two children and their grandmother in Lansing.
Just minutes before the deadly blaze, the suspect allegedly sent a chilling text message to her boyfriend: “I’m outside your mom’s house. I hope your mom likes being burned alive.”
Jealous girlfriend’s wrath
The suspect was identified as 21-year-old Abbieanna Williams, who was accused of setting a house ablaze in September 3. The house fire killed three people, including two young children. The fire in Michigan claimed the lives of Melissa Westen and her two grandchildren, 8-year-old Aston Griffin and 4-year-old Jesse Kline IV, according to Crime Online.
During her interrogation with the police, Williams denied having any involvement with the incident. However, witnesses’ account and evidence contradicted her alibi. One of William’s friends spoke up and claimed that the suspect asked her to drop her off in Elizabeth St.
Photo: Lansing Police Department
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In an affidavit, the friend recalled the moments prior to the fire in Michigan. During their car ride, the friend allegedly heard Williams calling her boyfriend, who is also the son of the victim. The jealous girlfriend was mad and accused her boyfriend of cheating on her.
During their phone call, Williams allegedly said, “I hope your mama likes burning alive.”
Surveillance camera caught suspect on the scene
Several neighbors also testified that they saw a black woman roaming near the house several minutes before the fire started. She even borrowed a lighter from one of the neighbors then disappeared from sight.
A surveillance footage showed Williams walking back and forth in the neighborhood around 11:25 p.m. and 11:38 p.m.
According to Lansing State Journal, firefighters were called at 1450 Elizabeth St. around midnight of September 3. By the time they arrived, it was already too late. The homeowner and her two grandchildren were already trapped in the house and no efforts could get them out of the blazing home.
Lansing Police Chief Daryl Green expressed condolences to the family of the victims. He also said that they are working on the case to bring the suspect to justice.
“This arson was a despicable act of violence and my heart goes out to the victims and their family. I’m comforted in knowing that LPD and LFD intentionally investigated this dynamic crime and that our public safety collaboration was able to quickly bring a very dangerous alleged suspect into custody,” said Green in a statement.
On the other hand, Williams is expected to appear in court this week, according to Fox 59.
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