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Las Vegas Mother Accused of Having 11-Year-Old Son Set Car Fire

September 12, 2013



Henderson, Nev. – A Las Vegas woman was in jail this morning accused of having her 11-year-old son douse her minivan with gasoline and set it on fire, only to have the boy also set himself on fire.

Juanita D. Carr, 30, was booked into the Henderson Detention Center Wednesday on arson, conspiracy to commit arson and child abuse with substantial bodily harm charges. She is scheduled for her first appearance in Justice Court Thursday morning.

Carr thought her 2000 Chevrolet Venture minivan had been stolen, but later found that her 11-year-old son and an 18-year-old acquaintance had taken the vehicle to a neighborhood near the Sam Boyd Silver Bowl. She drove the boy and the acquaintance in another car and had the pair show her Tuesday night where the vehicle was parked on Wiesner Way and Aspen Peak Loop.

On the way to the vehicle, she stopped at a gas station and bought a 1-gallon gas can and one gallon of gasoline. Once at the location of the vehicle, she is accused of having her son pour gasoline inside the minivan and then setting it ablaze. However, boy’s clothing caught on fire.

Carr told investigators, the boy went to the ground and she patted him attempting to put out the flames. Once the boy’s clothing was no longer on fire, she took him to nearby gas station to call 9-1-1. The boy was taken to University Medical Center’s Pediatric Burn Unit with injuries that were described as non-life threatening. The boy’s exact condition will have to be released by the hospital.

Detectives are searching for the 18-year-old acquaintance of the suspect to interview him.

Carr told detectives she was behind on payments on the vehicle and recently spent $1,200 on repairs only to have the vehicle still not work properly.

Anyone with information in this case is urged to call the Henderson Police Department at (702) 267-4750 or, to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at (702) 385-5555 or visit


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