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Elderly Woman Doused In Gasoline, Set On Fire And Left Screaming 'Put It Out' As She Died. Cops Say Her Son Lit The Blaze.

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Source: MEGA; Winston-Salem police

Aug. 23 2022, Published 1:03 p.m. ET

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A woman died after her son set her on fire and now the killer faces criminal charges, according to reports.

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Around 10:30 a.m. on Aug. 22, police in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, responded to a Lyons Street home after learning someone was set on fire.

When officers arrived, they found 72-year-old Joanna Parker on the front porch of her home, according to WGHP. She had been set on fire, and officers extinguished the blaze.

She was taken to the hospital, where she later died, police said.

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Investigators identified her son, James Parker, 48, as the suspect, according to WGHP. They said he was upset with her, poured gasoline and set her on fire. Investigators did not say what the disagreement was about.

James Parker was arrested and charged with murder. He is being held in jail without bond.

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Adora Gonzalez is a relative and lives nearby the scene. She told WGHP that she saw the entire incident from her window.

“I don’t think I will ever get over it,” Gonzalez told the station. “I heard my aunt screaming ‘put it out’ in pain, and her whole porch was engulfed in flames.”

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