KCSO: Woman tried to burn down home with mother, toddler inside

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - A woman was arrested after telling deputies she wanted to burn down a mobile home with two people still inside. 39-year-old Sarah Bowling was arrested and faces aggravated arson and attempted first degree murder charges.

"We never did anything to her wrong," Deonna Biggs, who was inside the home with her 3-year-old daughter, said. "My daughter definitely never did anything to the woman for her to want to hurt her. She's only three years old. I can only imagine having to bury my child at age three, or be buried with my child."

Knox County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the arson call October 11 on Diamond View Way in Knoxville.

Deputies met with the Biggs, who said she was home with her three-year-old daughter and her father's fiance, Sarah Bowling.

Biggs told deputies she went to take a shower, and when she got out, the bed in her father's room was on fire.

Biggs said Bowling never tried to put out the fire. "I asked her if she was going to put it out and she said no, that it was 'a pretty good fire.'" Biggs said she was forced to grab her daughter and get out of the house.

"By the time I was able to get to the fire extinguisher -- the room was so dark you couldn't even see the bed anymore," Biggs said.

Deputies asked Bowling how the fire started. She told deputies she was smoking marijuana, and when her marijuana baggie was empty, she placed it on the bed and lit it on fire. According to the arrest report, "she said she wanted to burn the trailer down because she could and she wanted to burn the trailer down with (Victim 1 and Victim 2) inside of the trailer."

Bowling faces two first degree attempted murder charges and one charge of aggravated arson. Her bond is set at $250,000 pending a Nov. 19 court date.