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Saturday
Aug232014

Texas Babysitter Accused of Setting Fire to Family's Home

iStock/Thinkstock(AUSTIN, Texas) -- A Texas woman was apparently so annoyed with two girls she babysat, police say she decided to set their bedrooms on fire.

Martha Dreher is charged with arson. She cared for Glenn Williams' two daughters.

"It was definitely a vendetta against the two girls," Williams said.

Dreher, 57, had worked for the family for a few months. She denied setting the fire at the family's home in Austin, Texas, but told investigators she was tired of dealing with the girls and wanted to quit, according to Williams.

"She said that it was horrible, that the girls - my oldest - had been very disrespectful," said Williams.

Surveillance video captured Dreher driving up to the empty house earlier this month, then leaving 20 minutes later as flames were visible from the girls' bedroom, police say. Hours later, the girls' brother came home.

"My son Adam came in and said, 'Dad, I just went to the kitchen - lot of smoke,'" said Williams.

No one was injured.

Dreher has pleaded not guilty. Her attorney, Amber Bode, said Dreher had no reason to lash out at the girls.

"The thing that we are going to be pushing for - in addition to, obviously, lie detector tests and everything else that we can do to prove her innocence - is evidence," said Bode.

The Williams family is now gutting their 90-year-old historic home.



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