Court records claim that a teenager charged with the death of his mother admitted to investigators that he started the fire that took her life.
Nicholas Lemons, 16, was arrested on Thursday and charged with first degree criminal arson and felony murder. Morgan County Sheriff's Office investigators said he is responsible for the death of his mother, Kimberly Lamons.
Fire crews were called to the home in the Joppa community around 2:30 a.m. for a house fire.
When they arrived the house was fully engulfed in flames and, according to court records, the family van was gone.
In a statement from Morgan County Investigator Jeff Reynolds, Nicholas Lamons was not at the house when emergency crews arrived.
Reynolds said Lamons was found asleep in the van in Somerville.
Per his statement to Judge Jennifer Howell, Lamons admitted that he "started a fire in his bedroom prior to leaving the residence."
Reynolds added that Lamons claimed he "came back by the house a short time later and saw the trailer burning, but did not call 911 or make an effort to notify anyone."
According to the arrest warrant, Lamons is being held on a $500,000 bond.
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