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Mother Arrested After Car Fire That Burned Son

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HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) -- Henderson police have arrested the mother of an 11-year-old who investigators say was burned torching a van on her instructions. The woman told detectives she was behind on her payments.

Jail records show that 30-year-old Juanita Denise Carr was being held Thursday at the Henderson city jail pending a court appearance on arson, conspiracy and child abuse causing substantial bodily harm charges.

City spokeswoman Nicole Johnson says Carr learned that her son and an 18-year-old acquaintance took the van during the weekend and left it near Sam Boyd Stadium.

Carr is accused of driving the two to a gas station early Tuesday, buying a gas can and gasoline, and telling the 11-year-old to douse the van and set it afire. The boy's clothes caught fire. Carr put out the fire on her son and then drove him to a nearby gas station to summon an ambulance.

The boy was taken to the University Medical Center Pediatric Burn Unit. He suffered non life-threatening injuries.

Detectives are still looking for the 18-year-old acquaintance to interview him.

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