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A Michigan woman was arrested earlier this month after allegedly starting a fatal house fire that killed her boyfriend’s mother and nephews because she suspected he was cheating on her.
Abbieana Reneka-Cameilla Williams, 21, was arrested on Sept. 16 and charged with three counts of homicide and three counts of first-degree arson in relation to a fire that occurred overnight on Sept. 3, the Lansing Police Department confirmed to Oxygen.com. Upon their arrival, firefighters found the small, one-story home engulfed in flames, with fire coming out of the front and side windows, according to a press release from authorities. Three deceased victims were recovered from the scene: a 53-year-old woman and two young boys.
The victims have since been identified as Melissa Weston and her two grandsons, 8-year-old Aston Griffin and 4-year-old Jesse Kline IV, the Lansing State Journal reports. Weston is the mother of Williams’ boyfriend, and Williams is alleged to have started the fire in retaliation after suspecting that her partner was cheating on her, according to an affidavit obtained by the outlet.
An unnamed friend told police that they gave Williams, who was angry about her boyfriend’s suspected infidelity, a ride to Elizabeth Street, where Weston lived, at around 11:30 p.m. the night of the fire, according to the affidavit. The friend told police that during the drive there, they heard Williams say to someone on the phone, “I hope your mama likes burning alive.”
A neighbor also reported seeing a black female pacing on Weston’s street minutes before the fire, authorities said. She is also alleged to have asked a neighbor to borrow a lighter, which her boyfriend was spotted with after the blaze, according to the affidavit.
Williams allegedly texted her boyfriend before setting the fire, according to the affidavit. That text reportedly reads, “I'm outside your mom's house...I hope your mom likes being burned alive.”
Following an investigation by the Lansing Police Department and the Lansing Fire Department, Williams was identified as a suspect, police told Oxygen.com. She was arrested without incident and charged.
Williams’ mother, Drique Blackmon, has claimed that her daughter is innocent and wants to take a lie detector test to prove it, the Lansing State Journal reports. Her daughter has autism and “some emotional impairment disorders” but is not violent, she said.
“If you were to go at her, fighting her, she’s going to drop to the ground and curl up,” Blackmon told the outlet. “She’s not violent. She’s never been violent. She’d risk her life to save someone, and that includes animals.”
Williams is scheduled to next appear in court on Oct. 1 for a preliminary exam, authorities said.
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