COLUMBIA, S.C. — Prosecutors 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.
Watson was parked on Interstate 126 on Sunday afternoon when she lit the vehicle on fire, police said.
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.
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.