A suspect, labeled crazy by witnesses, has been charged with setting fires to two Aiken County homes over the weekend and almost killing a child.
Brian Beaudin Jr., 29, has been charged with attempted murder and two counts of arson, according to jail records. The homes include his parents’ residence in Beech Island and one in Warrenville that badly injured a 10-year-old boy, Kason Adams, according to sheriff’s reports.
The boy’s condition was not released, but Facebook posts say Kason is on life support.
According to two sheriff’s reports, the suspect confessed to setting a Beech Island home on fire at 2006 Sumter Street at 10 a.m. Saturday. He said he did it because his “parents were terrorists” and were “selling his poetry for money.”
Beaudin also confessed to setting fire at 6:30 a.m. Saturday to 126 Lamar Street in Warrenville, where the boy was rescued and rushed to the hospital. The suspect said he set that fire because “terrorists were practicing black magic.” He said terrorists had turned the love of his life into another woman, a report says.
The motive is unclear, but a woman close to the family said this: “(The boy is) now fighting for his life right now because this lunatic burned down his friend’s home.”
Read it yourself. Here is the report from the Sumter Street fire: