Edgewood Woman Faces Attempted Murder Charges For Allegedly Igniting House With Occupant Inside


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HARFORD COUNTY - An Edgewood woman faces arson and attempted murder charges after allegedly setting a fire on her home's front porch while another individual was inside.

According to police, emergency services, including the Joppa-Magnolia Volunteer Fire Company, neighboring departments, and the Harford County Sheriff's Office, responded to reports of a house fire at 1127 Shady Drive around 3 a.m. on Sunday, October 1.

After arriving on the scene, sheriff's deputies found the front porch ablaze and promptly extinguished it using fire extinguishers.

Shortly after, officers located Christina L. Beattie inside a neighboring residence. The neighbor disclosed to authorities that earlier in the evening, she had invited Beattie to stay with her after a disagreement had erupted between Beattie and a male cohabitant, police said.

The neighbor told police that around 20 minutes after Beattie departed, she noticed a fire at Beattie's residence with the man still inside.

The gravity of the situation prompted the involvement of Deputy State Fire Marshals to ascertain the fire's origin. Assisted by K9 "Sky," the investigation deduced that the fire had been intentionally ignited.

Beattie now faces charges that include first and second-degree arson, first and second-degree malicious burning, and attempted murder. She is currently being held without bond at the Harford County Detention Center.

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