Woman arrested in arson of Baton Rouge house when children were present

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East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office

BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — A woman has been arrested in a Baton Rouge arson case in which children were present at the time of the fire.

Shannon Blackson, 39, faces charges of aggravated arson, terrorizing and criminal damage to property.

She’s accused of setting a Howell Drive house on fire on April 3. Witnesses stated that the fire broke out after someone threw something through a window. Two children were inside the house at that time, according to Baton Rouge Fire Department spokesperson Justin Hill.

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