- Associated Press - Monday, December 22, 2014

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A Trenton man who allegedly told police he set fire to his apartment because he was God will undergo a psychiatric evaluation.

Leonard Hansford faces aggravated arson charges stemming from the Dec. 4 fire at The Aleda, a six-story building on East Hanover Street. Thirty people were displaced by the early morning fire, including a 2-year-old who was briefly hospitalized with smoke inhalation.

Authorities say the 43-year-old Hansford set his mattress on fire inside his third-floor unit. Mercer County prosecutors said Hansford told first responders that he started fire because “he was God,” then later told police he was “the son of God.

The Times of Trenton (https://bit.ly/1v9cMIE) reports that Hansford’s attorney requested the mental health evaluation during a bail hearing Monday.


Information from: The (Trenton, N.J.) Times, https://www.nj.com/times

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