October 1, 2014
HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) - Henderson police have arrested the mother of an 11-year-old who investigators say was burned torching a van on her instructions.
Jail records show that 30-year-old Juanita Denise Carr was being held Thursday at the Henderson city jail pending a court appearance on arson, conspiracy and child abuse causing substantial bodily harm charges.
City spokeswoman Nicole Johnson says Carr learned that her son and an 18-year-old acquaintance took the van during the weekend and left it near Sam Boyd Stadium.
Carr is accused of driving the two to a gas station, buying a gas can and gasoline, and telling the 11-year-old to douse the van and set it afire early Wednesday.
Johnson says the boy also caught fire, and Carr drove him to a nearby gas station to summon an ambulance.