A Florida couple is accused of attempting to light their toddler on fire and injuring a second child while at a truck stop in New York, authorities said.
Shortly after 5:30 a.m. on May 3, deputies from the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office responding to a report of fires inside a Love’s Travel Plaza learned Jamie L. Avery, Jr., 28, and Lisbeth Collado, 25, allegedly attempted to set their 1-year-old child on fire, deputies said, Syracuse.com reported.
Deputies then located a 4-year-old child who had suffered head injuries inside a tractor-trailer cab parked near the travel plaza.
The two children, who were treated at area hospitals, have been released and are expected to recover from their injuries, according to deputies.
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Avery and Collado each face multiple felony charges against them, including attempted aggravated murder, second-degree attempted murder, second-degree arson, second-degree attempted arson and first-degree attempted assault as well as the misdemeanor charge of endangering the welfare of a child.
The couple, who are from Palm Beach, Florida, were both being held at the Seneca County Correctional Facility on $200,000 cash bail each.
Investigators have reportedly not determined a motive for the crime and the investigation continues.
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