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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