Florida Couple Allegedly Tried To Light Their Toddler On Fire At New York Truck Stop, Deputies Say

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Source: Seneca County Sheriff’s Office

May 17 2022, Published 1:10 p.m. ET

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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.

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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, 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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