The parents of a 1-year-old child who they tried to set on fire in Seneca County have been indicted on various murder and arson charges, said the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office.
Jamie L. Avery, Jr., 28, and Lisbeth Collado, 25, both of 4570 Old Military Trail in West Palm Beach, Florida, face numerous felonies in connection with the May 3 incident at the Love’s Travel Plaza, sheriff’s deputies said.
A second child, 4, was found during the incident with head injuries, according to authorities.
The two are believed to be in relationship and are the parents of two children who were with them at the time, according to the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office.
The pair have been indicted by a Seneca County grand jury on charges of attempted aggravated murder, second-degree attempted murder, second-degree arson, second-degree attempted arson and first-degree attempted assault, all felonies. They also were charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, which are misdemeanors.
The incident began at 5:33 a.m. May 3 when Seneca County sheriff’s deputies responded to the Love’s Travel Plaza in the town of Tyre for a report of several fires inside the building.
When they arrived, they discovered Avery and Collado had tried to light their 1-year-old on fire, deputies said. They then discovered a second child, 4, in the cab of a tractor-trailer in the business’ parking lot. That child had apparent head injuries, deputies said.
Both children were transported to Geneva General Hospital by North Seneca Ambulance. The older child was later transferred to Strong Memorial Hospital by LifeNet Air Ambulance. Both children have since been released from medical treatment and are expected to make full recoveries, deputies said.
Both Avery and Collado were arraigned in the Seneca County Court and remanded to the Seneca County Correctional Facility on $200,000 cash bail. They are scheduled to reappear in the Seneca County Court on July 27, 2022. Both remain in custody.
Sheriff’s Investigators are working with Seneca County Child Protective Services and the Seneca County District Attorney’s Office. The children are in a safe location, which isn’t being revealed at this time.
Orders of protection were issued on behalf of the victims, deputies said, adding a motive for the crimes is still unclear.
No further information can be released at this time as it could jeopardize the ongoing investigation, deputies said.
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