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Tennessee Dad Allegedly Set Daughter's Wheelchair On Fire While She Was In It

Timothy Medley faces multiple charges in alleged attack, the motive for which has not been revealed by authorities. 

A Tennessee father is accused of lighting his daughter’s wheelchair on fire while she was in it during a May house fire in Pulaski.

Timothy Shane Medley, 41, was indicted Friday following an investigation into that fire, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation said in a news release.

Medley’s daughter sustained injuries during the May 20 house fire. She had to be transported to the Vanderbilt Burn Center for treatment, officials say. Tennessee Bureau of Investigation agents determined that Medley allegedly started the fire and that he “used an accelerant to set his daughter’s wheelchair on fire while she was in it.”

A grand jury indicted Medley with one count of aggravated assault, one count of abuse of an adult, one count of felony reckless endangerment, one count of reckless aggravated assault, and one count of burning personal property. Medley was arrested on Thursday, one day before his indictment. He is being held on a $22,000 bond.

A motive for the fire and attack has not been revealed. It’s not clear how old Medley’s daughter is or how severe her injuries were. She has not been identified. The amount of damage inflicted on the home was also not disclosed.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation investigated the blaze alongside the Tennessee Fire Investigative Services and the Pulaski Police Department.

It’s not immediately clear if Medley has a lawyer who can speak on his behalf. He does not appear to have a previous criminal record.

[Photo: Tennessee Bureau of Investigation]

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