Man re-arrested for attempting to torch house after released from jail

POSTED: Monday, March 12, 2012 - 3:29pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

WACO -- A Waco woman and her baby can finally sleep sound tonight knowing 28-year-old William Charles Webb is back in jail.

He was originally arrested Thursday after the mother of the child he was watching came home December 8 to find her 8-month-old baby with a .291 blood alcohol level.

"He tried to explain as the baby was just tired. Mom knew better so she took him to the hospital, once they ran some tests the baby had an alcohol concentration about 3 1/2 times greater than what we would consider intoxicated," said Sgt. Patrick Swanton, Waco P.D.

But on Saturday Webb posted bond and was released from the McLennan County Jail.

So that night he went back to the victims house in the 2200 block of Cumberland to exact his revenge.

"He had been calling, threatening her. He ended up pouring gasoline on the outside of the house, tried to light the gasoline on fire but due to the rain and wet conditions he was unable to get the gas to burn," said Sgt. Swanton.

Police found Webb at his mother's house in the 1800 block of Pine Avenue and took him into custody for the second time.

Webb remains in the McLennan County Jail in lieu of a $345,000 bond and it's likely he'll stay here until trial.

"He is now charged with retaliation, arson, two counts of criminal mischief and violation of a protective order," said Sgt. Swanton.

Webb also faces the original charge of injury to a child.

The baby survived and is now at home recovering.


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