Local Man Accused Of Giving Alcohol To Infant Goes On Trial For Arson

By: Paul J. Gately Email
By: Paul J. Gately Email
Jury selection started Monday in the arson trial of a Central Texas man accused of giving alcohol to an infant and then trying to burn his ex-girlfriend’s house down.

William Charles Webb (Jail photo)

WACO (June 24, 2013)-Jury selection was underway Monday in the arson trial of a Waco man who is accused of arson and injury to a child.

William Charles Webb is accused of providing alcohol to an infant and then trying to burn his ex-girlfriend's house down in March 2012.

Webb is being tried only on the arson charge.

Jury selection began at 9 a.m. in 54th District Court.

Police records from the time of the arrest show that on March 8, 2012, Webb was arrested after police learned a child he was caring for had a blood alcohol level almost four times the legal limit for a driver.

Then Webb was arrested again on March 11, 2012, after police say he tried to set fire to his ex-girlfriend's house.

Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said officers were sent at about 11:45 p.m. that day to a house in the 2200 block of Cumberland where the woman living in the house said a man tried to set her house on fire.

The woman also told officers she saw the same man slashing the tires on her pickup truck.

The home did not catch fire because of the wet conditions that night.

Several vehicles at the residence were found with slashed tires.

Police also say numerous threats were made to the victim and Webb violated a protective order by going to the home.

Officers were able to locate Webb at his mother's house later Saturday night where he was arrested.

Webb was originally charged with injury to a child when the mother of an infant took the child to a local hospital after returning home Dec. 8, 2011 and discovering her child was not responding normally.

At the hospital, the baby was found to have a blood alcohol level of 0.291 percent, which is nearly four times the legal limit for drivers 21 and older.

A bottle of vodka was found on a coffee table at the home where Webb was watching the baby, but it's unclear how the baby ingested the alcohol.

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