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Martha Carolyn Dreher, Babysitter Accused of Arson, Could Face 99 Years

By    |   Monday, 25 Aug 2014 07:24 AM

Martha Carolyn Dreher, a Texas babysitter, is facing arson charges after allegedly starting a fire at the home of an employer earlier this month.

According to the Austin American-Statesman, 57-year-old Dreher had worked for the Williams family of Travis County for several months, babysitting their two pre-teen girls and twin boys at both the mother's and father's homes.

On the night of August 9, Dreher was reportedly watching the Williams boys at their mother's house while Glenn Williams was on vacation with his daughters. At one point during the night, Dreher said she took the boys to their father's home to get popcorn.

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Security footage later showed a fire spark in one of the girl's rooms about 25 minutes after Dreher arrived. The babysitter then left the premises when the flames intensified, the Statesman noted.

Another Williams son returned to the home later that night and found a smoldering fire in one of his sister's rooms, KVUE-TV reported.

"Someone set my daughters' bedrooms on fire," Glenn Williams told the local television station. "They could have set the whole house on fire, and they actually closed the doors so the fire was maintained in those rooms and burned itself out. So it was definitely a vendetta against the two girls."

"Before I left, [Dreher] had taken the girls clothes shopping, and she said that it was horrible, that my oldest had been very disrespectful to her and she didn't think it was a good match and she probably didn't want to do this anymore," he continued.

Dreher denied setting the fire and told investigators she never saw flames while she was at the house — she only "saw a light" in one of the girl's rooms, according to an affidavit.

She has been charged with arson, a first-degree felony punishable by up to 99 years in prison.

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