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Juvenile charged in Clayton day care fire

Posted April 13, 2010

— Authorities charged a 13-year-old boy on Tuesday with setting fire to a Clayton day care under construction last week.

The boy, whose name wasn’t released, surrendered to authorities at the Clayton Police station accompanied by a parent.

The blaze was reported at Building Blocks Childcare, located at 55 Hawkesburg Drive near the 3100 block of Vinson Road, just before 4 a.m. on April 5.

No one was hurt.

Investigators said the teen sneaked out of his house in the middle of the night and drove the family car to the area of the fire before returning home in the pre-dawn hours, police said.

He was served with a secure custody order on the charges of burning of a building under construction and breaking and entering. Both charges are felonies.

The teen was confined Tuesday in an out-of-county youth detention center until further proceedings in the Johnston County Juvenile Court System.

The day care fire was the latest in a string of blazes in the area since October.

About four homes under construction have been set on fire in recent months, and Powhatan Elementary School, across the street from the day care, suffered a rash of vandalism in January and February. A school bus there also caught fire.


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  • familyfour Apr 14, 2010

    ACCOUNTABILITY is the ONLY deterrent.


  • familyfour Apr 14, 2010

    His "keepers" (parent, parents, grandparent, guardian, whatever the poor child had) should be present there with him.

    13 and setting fires in the AM hours......

    Surely he does not live alone.....

  • lorivalentine1 Apr 14, 2010

    nice kid.. glad he's not my neighbor... Hopefully he learns from this as his life will be vastly different then what it could have been.

  • JoCoFB Apr 14, 2010

    This 13 year old should be taken to each cafeteria and paraded around in hand-cuffs. These kids are playing with fire, lifelong investments and tax-dollars are being burned away. Put this child on the news. He is probably the type that it "too cool for school" and is far from an honor roll. Blame him, and blame the parents too. I would be very interested to know what this parent thought, and how they reacted. Was this a first time problem or a life-long problem. Put the child in jail for a long time. 13 years old- 4.5 years til he is 18 sounds GREAT to me. Make the parents pay for the child's mistake. Take every last dime they have. I'm sure the parents fully understand that parents are responsible for their children.

  • Coach K is still GREAT Apr 14, 2010

    what on earth would prompt a child to do something like this? sneaking out, stealing the car, and setting fire to a daycare?? why?

    B/c his parents are probably OUTSTANDING parents and they make sure this boy is asleep before they pass out from all the booze they've consumed.

    Oh yeah, and they teach him right from wrong...

  • mad_dash Apr 14, 2010

    teresaengel.. right on!!

  • whatsupwiththat Apr 14, 2010


  • tran Apr 14, 2010

    It would be interesting to know how they caught him. I reckon they don't want to say because they don't want other would be vandals and arsonists to know how to avoid getting caught.

    That being said, this kid should be punished like they do it in Singapore, caning. The caning should be recorded and broadcast as a public service.

  • annemarek Apr 13, 2010

    You can’t always blame the parents. My parents were excellent parents but I did lot of stuff that could be considered criminal when I was a kid. Even started a fire and sat across the street to watch the firemen put out the fire. I knew the difference between right and wrong but it did not click. I had nothing malicious in mind. Kids do things like this sometimes.

  • lkanzig Apr 13, 2010

    didnt know right from wrong? lack of parental guidance? bad kid?
    quit making excuses for them! at least the kid admitted he did it. as for the parents and the kids punishment, let the courts decide. a good deterrent for this was used when i was growing up, its called a serious whipping!