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Mom accused in vehicle arson case due in court

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Juanita Carr (Henderson PD) Juanita Carr (Henderson PD)

A Las Vegas woman accused of ordering her 11-year-old son to set fire to her minivan was slated to make her initial appearance in court Thursday.

Juanita Carr, 30, was scheduled for a 72-hour hearing in Henderson Justice Court at 9 a.m.

According to Henderson Police Department, Carr was booked last week on counts of arson, conspiracy to commit arson and child abuse with substantial bodily harm.

Police said Carr believed a minivan belonging to her was stolen but later learned the vehicle was taken to an area near Sam Boyd Silver Bowl by her son and an 18-year-old acquaintance.

According to police, the woman drove the two to show her where the minivan was parked at Wisner Way and Aspen Peak Loop. On the way to the location, the woman, as police said, stopped to purchase a one-gallon gas can and a gallon of gasoline.

Police allege the woman ordered her child to pour gasoline inside the minivan and set it on fire. In the process, the boy's clothing caught fire, according to police.

Citing Carr, police said the boy dropped to the ground while she patted him to put out the fire. The woman took her son to a nearby gas station to seek help once the flames were out, according to police.

The child was rushed to University Medical Center with non-life-threatening burn injuries. An arrest report revealed the boy suffered burns to 40 percent of his body.

Police learned from Carr that she was a month behind on payments for the vehicle and she recently spent money on repairs only for the minivan not to work properly.

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