Tue Dec 29, 8:14 pm ET
(PLACE) – An 11-year-old (PLACE) girl and her 15-year-old boyfriend are accused of plotting to kill the girl's mother by setting her bedroom on fire while the woman slept Tuesday, police said.
SB (girl's initials) and JA (boy's initials) have been charged with attempted murder and arson after the fire in (PLACE), about 20 miles west of (PLACE).
(PLACE) Police Department detectives say the young couple poured gasoline on NB's (mother's name) bedroom floor and bed, and then set the room aflame. Police say the pair escaped in the mother's 2007 (car).
It was unclear if either suspect had an attorney. There was no answer at a listing for an A (boy's last initial) in (PLACE).
The girl's mother was awakened by a smoke alarm and managed to escape. Authorities say NB, 47, sustained serious burns and smoke inhalation. Her injuries were not considered life threatening.
SB later returned to the scene and agreed to go to police headquarters for questioning. JA was located at a friend's house and taken into custody.
Police spokeswoman EW said a motive was "probably just typical teenage angst."
EW said there was ongoing tension between NB and SB, which escalated Monday when the mother confronted her daughter about stealing some of her cigarettes.
JA has been taken to a juvenile facility, and SB is undergoing a mental evaluation.