Alleged Stalker Sets Fire to Home, Kills 3-Year-Old Boy: Cops

Police say a little boy is dead after a man set fire to a family's Pennsylvania home thinking his ex-girlfriend was inside.

Friday, Nov 16, 2012  |  Updated 5:52 AM EDT
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Stalker Sets Fire to Home, Kills 3-Year-Old Boy: Cops

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Police say a little boy is dead after a man set fire to a family's Pennsylvania home thinking his ex-girlfriend was inside.
 
Altoona police say 62-year-old Aaron Wilson Dishong set the fire in an attempt to kill his ex but only two young children and their mother were inside.

  Three-year-old Daryl Etchison Jr. was killed in the blaze. Authorities say his mother jumped from a third-floor window to save herself and her 2-year-old daughter.
 
Dishong allegedly incriminated himself during a phone call with a witness that was monitored by police. Investigators say he had been stalking his ex-girlfriend, who had a restraining order against him.
 
Dishong was jailed Thursday night on homicide, arson and related charges. He denied setting the fire following his arraignment.
 
Etchison's mother remains hospitalized.
 

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