Waco convicted arsonist pleads guilty to injury to a child
UPDATED: Wednesday, May 28, 2014 - 12:40pm
Waco, Tx — A Waco man, who a jury found guilty of arson and sentenced to 65 years in prison, has pleaded guilty to giving his 8-month-old son vodka.
William Charles Webb, 29, stood trial in June for the arson charge. On Friday, he accepted a plea bargain, which sentenced him to 20 years in prison, for pleading guilty to the injury to a child charge.
Webb was arrested in March of 2012 after police reported he was responsible for babysitting an infant on December 8, 2011 at a North Waco home. When the baby's mother returned home from work she took the baby to the hospital after noticing he wasn't responding normally, and that's when doctors discovered his blood alcohol level was .291 which led to respiratory failure. The baby was reportedly more than three times over the legal limit.
"He tried to explain as the baby was just tired. [The] Mom knew better, so she took him to the hospital. Once they ran some tests, the baby had an alcohol concentration about three and a half times greater than what we would consider intoxicated," said Sgt. Patrick Swanton of Waco P.D.
Webb was then charged with injury to a child and faced an additional charge of making a terroristic threat. Shortly after his arrest, Webb reportedly posted bond a few days later and attempted to burn down the victim's house, located in the 2200 block of Cumberland Avenue.
"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 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.
"He is now charged with retaliation, arson, two counts of criminal mischief and violation of a protective order," said Swanton at the time of Webb's second arrest.
Webb was also charged with injury to a child at that time. The baby survived the incident.