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SC mother accused of setting vehicle on fire with toddler inside

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Caylin Allise Watson

Police in Columbia, South Carolina have arrested a mother who reportedly set fire to her vehicle with her 14-month-old baby inside along Interstate 126, according to WUSA9.

The child suffered severe burns and is in critical condition at the Augusta Burn Center in Augusta, Georgia. WTOC 11 reports that specialists found the vehicle near mile marker 1 on I-126 West, on Saturday at around 1:30 p.m.

According to WLTX 19, Caylin Allise Watson, 23, of Elgin, South Carolina, is being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center. The report said four good Samaritans spotted the fire and helped the child.

South Carolina Law Enforcement Division assisted Columbia Police with processing the scene, taking photos and collecting evidence.

"He has touched the lives of so many with his attractive smile and his sweet soul".

"He's [Kairon] now at Augusta burn center in Georgia, where he will need multiple surgeries of skin grafts while he is there", Bramsen added.

Authorities determined Watson intentionally used the accelerant to "cause bodily injury or death", according to an incident report obtained by the outlet.

Watson remained jailed in Richland County on Monday.

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