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Man arrested for burning house down with three children and babysitter inside

Posted at 9:36 PM, Feb 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-20 23:13:09-05

BALTIMORE — A man is in jail after police say he lit a house on fire that had three children and their baby-sitter inside.

In total 9 people including two police officers were rushed to the hospital from the home on 5100 block of Plainfield Avenue.

Baltimore City Police said 27-year-old Stephan Williams is being held without bail on seven counts of first-degree attempted murder, arson, and assault charges.

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The children are expected to be physically okay, but Raena Crank is hoping that the memories of that horrific day don't stay with her 3-year-old son.

“My son just talks about it a lot, he talks about it a lot,” Crank said. “I haven’t really gotten a chance to sit down with my two nephews but their mom talked to them. We just can’t trust nobody with our children and that’s where we at with that.”

Crank’s 5 and 9-year-old nephews were also in the home at the time of the fire.

Crank’s cousin said the babysitter stepped in fast to help save the kids, helping them escape through the window.

“I just tell him that he don’t have to go nowhere and I’m here and it’s okay,” Crank said. “It was a fire and you survived it.”

It didn't take long for investigators to determine the cause was arson.

Just a few hours before the fire, police were called to the same home for a reported domestic related theft.

The family of the victims saying that Williams and the babysitter were dating, and they got into some type of argument.

“I was worried about the safety of my child more than anything,” Crank said. “I can’t really comment on that. There’s so much violence and stuff going on these days it’s like anything could be happening. It just made me not want to leave my child with nobody anymore.”

Crank told me they haven't set up a GoFundMe, but a lot of her son's toys and belongings were lost in that fire.

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