- Associated Press - Thursday, July 13, 2017

LAPLACE, La. (AP) - A Louisiana man who authorities say set fire to his ex-girlfriend’s house while her six children were inside has been arrested.

NOLA.com/The Times-Picayune reports 41-year-old Demond Sampson was arrested July 7 and charged with violation of a protective order and aggravated arson of an inhabited dwelling. He was also booked on a separate simple battery charge.

The St. John the Baptist Parish Sheriff’s Office said in a statement Tuesday that Sampson walked into the backyard of his ex-girlfriend’s house, poured gasoline on a corner of the house and ignited a fire with the children inside.

Authorities say the children range in age from one to 18 and that Sampson isn’t related to the children.

The state fire marshal’s office is investigating the fire. It’s unclear if Sampson has a lawyer.

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Information from: The Times-Picayune, http://www.nola.com

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