- Associated Press - Sunday, May 10, 2015

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) - Whatcom County prosecutors say a 38-year-old woman was drunk when she allegedly lit her house on fire while her 12-year-old daughter was sleeping inside.

Casey Ann Evans was charged last week with first-degree arson after a fire investigator caught her lighting her house on fire during a stakeout early Wednesday. She is being held on $200,000 bail at Whatcom County Jail.

The Bellingham Herald says (https://is.gd/NYneZG ) charging documents show Evans blew nearly three times the legal limit for driving when given an alcohol-breath test.

The sheriff’s office and Whatcom County Fire Marshal’s Office had been investigating a series of small fires near Evans’ home. Officials say Evans was the one who called authorities about these fires. Evans denied setting the fires.

A deputy prosecutor says she’s not being charged with attempted murder because he doesn’t believe she intended to hurt her child.

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Information from: The Bellingham Herald, https://www.bellinghamherald.com

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