3 dogs die as NC woman tries to kill mom in house fire, police say


Ella Lynn Richardson in a photo from WFMY

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Police have accused a woman of setting a house fire while her mother was inside and killing four animals at the home.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports police filed several charges against 33-year-old Ella Lynn Richardson, including first-degree arson and attempted first-degree murder.

Warrants say Richardson set fire to a room on July 24 that 69-year-old Ella Cottrell Richardson was in at the time, and killed three dogs and a parrot.

According to police, Ella Lynn Richardson and her mother suffered serious injuries were taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Investigators said Ella Lynn Richardson set fire to sections of the Ginger Drive house following a dispute with her mother.

Ella Lynn Richardson, who was arrested on Tuesday, is jailed on a $55,000 bond. It’s not known if she has an attorney.

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