A West-Virginia woman was arrested after admitting to arson and murder, when she set fire to her two young sons’ beds, locked the door, and went for a walk. The woman’s husband was also trapped inside, but was able to escape, and couldn’t reach the children’s rooms in the fire.
Molly Joe Delgado, 29, of Falling Waters was arrested an entire 6 weeks after the incident, after she finally admitted to the fire marshall that she set the fire.
Assistant State Fire Marshal George Harms tells WEPM the investigation was successful thanks to the work of first responders. “When they arrived on scene, their firefighting tactics preserved the scene well for us to do our investigation,” Harms said.
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The complaint says Delgado secured the front door from the outside and went across the street to her mother’s home.
Her husband, Justin Delgado Sr., had been asleep on the opposite side of the house and was awakened by the smoke.
Unable to get to the children’s bedroom on the other side of the home, he then tried to get out but was locked inside.
He managed to open a kitchen window that was too small for him to fit through and called for help.
Molly Delgado’s father, Drew McCombs, said his daughter was walking back to her home when she heard her husband yell that their trailer home was on fire.
Once they got the door open, McCombs said he and his wife went inside and tried to find the boys bedroom, but the smoke was too thick.
‘I got in there and I couldn’t see, I couldn’t see nothing — at all,’ McCombs said. ‘I couldn’t find them.’
Delmer Delgado, 3, and Justin Delgado Jr., 5, were pronounced dead at the scene. Justin Delgado Sr. was treated for smoke inhalation.
Delgado was held in the Eastern Regional Jail on Thursday on two counts of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree arson.
Jail records didn’t indicate whether she has an attorney who could comment on the charges.
Assistant State Fire Marshal George Harms tells WEPM the investigation was successful thanks to the work of first responders.
‘When they arrived on scene, their firefighting tactics preserved the scene well for us to do our investigation,’ Harms said.