After a lengthy investigation, deputies of the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office have charged a Caroline County woman for intentionally setting fire to her house.
The fire was reported to 911 by a passer-by around 5 a.m. on June 15, 2020. The house was completely destroyed, and the fire caused an estimated $215,000 in damages.
The owner, Caitlin Hudson, was quickly identified as a suspect in the investigation, which revealed she intended to make a fraudulent insurance claim after the fire.
A Caroline County Grand Jury indicted Hudson on five charges, including first degree arson, first degree malicious burning, malicious burning with the intent to defraud, false statements to insurance and reckless endangerment.
The investigation revealed Hudson may have been residing in Delaware after the fire occurred. The Delaware State Fire Marshal’s Office assisted the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office in locating Hudson.
On December 14, Hudson was located in Selbyville, Del. She was taken into custody without incident and transported to Troop 4. She was processed and quickly seen before a judge, which allowed extradition to Maryland. Subsequently, Hudson was transferred to Caroline County Detention in Denton, where she is currently being held.
If convicted, Hudson faces up to 60 years of imprisonment and/or $75,000 in fines.
Source: Office of the Maryland State Fire Marshal
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