SC mother faces attempted murder charge after police say she set car on fire with son inside

in South Carolina’s capital city have charged a woman with trying to kill her 14-month-old son by setting her car on fire.

Columbia police arrested 23-year-old Caylin Watson on Sunday, May 17, charging her with attempted murder, arson and child abuse.

Caylin Allise Watson. She’s accused of setting her car on fire with her 14-month-old inside on Interstate 126 in Columbia, South Carolina on May 17. (Richland County Sheriff’s Department, May 18, 2020)

Watson was parked on Interstate 126 on Sunday afternoon when she lit the vehicle on fire, police said.

A picture of the car Caylin Allise Watson is accused of setting on fire with her 14-month-old inside on Interstate 126 in Columbia, South Carolina on May 17. (WACH, May 17, 2020)

Four people passing by stopped to help, including some who sought to retrieve the child. Firefighters extinguished the flames, and police said they arrested Watson after finding evidence suggesting the fire was intentionally set.

A picture of the car Caylin Allise Watson is accused of setting on fire with her 14-month-old inside on Interstate 126 in Columbia, South Carolina on May 17. (WACH, May 17, 2020)

Watson, an Elgin resident, remained jailed in Richland County on Monday. It’s unclear whether she’s seen a judge or has a lawyer representing her.

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