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Report: Woman, 86, Tried To Burn Down Home

Ora Edith West, 86, was arrested and charged with arson after she allegedly tried to burn down her own home Saturday evening.

Ora Edith West, 86, of Adairsville has been charged with first degree arson and terroristic threats and acts for allegedly trying to burn down her own home. Credit: Bartow County Jail
Ora Edith West, 86, of Adairsville has been charged with first degree arson and terroristic threats and acts for allegedly trying to burn down her own home. Credit: Bartow County Jail
An elderly Bartow County woman was arrested over the weekend for allegedly trying to burn down her own home. 

Ora Edith West, 86, was booked into the Bartow County Jail around 9:15 p.m. Saturday, June 28 on arson in the first degree and terroristic threats and acts charges. 

According to an incident report from the Bartow County Sheriff's Office, a deputy responded to a home on 5190 Joe Frank Harris Parkway in unincorporated Adairsville.

Once the deputy arrived onto the scene, he made contact with West's niece, who said she brought her aunt home "from a lengthy stay in a rehabilitation facility for medical issues she had been facing," the report states. 

The woman said once they arrived home, West began to argue with her and two individuals over "wanting them out of her residence." 

The relative told the deputy that in March, her aunt was given doctor's orders to remain under 24-hour supervision, so the other two people moved into her home to help care for her. 

One week later, West was "hospitalized from a fall and during the injury and many other medical issues arose causing an extended stay," the report reads.

The relative said she stopped by the home to check on her aunt and when she entered the back door that leads to the kitchen, she saw a large amount of smoke inside the house. She also saw a piece of cardboard, wash cloth and hand towel lying on top of the stove, which was turned on. 

West's niece said that when she and the two caretakers asked West about the stove, she said "I'm going to burn this house down before I let anyone have it."

West allegedly told the deputy that she was only trying to see if the items would burn and later stated "I would burn it down after they left." 

She also told the deputy that the two caretakers were inside the home when the incident occurred.

Miles Rich July 02, 2014 at 09:47 AM
Another case of using the power of arrest to punish sick people. This woman needs to be hospitalized, not jailed. How very sad.
teresa noles July 02, 2014 at 10:06 AM
It is "her" house after all. She probably did not even have insurance coverage, so what is the crime?
whitney2 July 02, 2014 at 12:29 PM
This goes beyond Unconscionable and inhumane to this elderly lady. Obviously this lady was / is in a great deal of distress before she even released from the hospital and arriving to her home. Why wasn't she taken to the hospital instead of jail? Common sense goes a long ways and/or should when it comes to police officers..where was this common sense that was immensely needed? My stars what kind of officers are we hiring these days? Did anyone bother to find out why she was so distraught such as were family members discussing with her and/or believing she could not over hear their conversations of taking her home away from her and putting her away or etc. Were these family members stealing from her? That is a common place occurrence anymore when certain family members and/or other individuals come in to take care of someone and she possibly knew this but had no defense. This lady has been treated inhumanly and obviously she is in a wheel chair for it shows in the picture. And to call her a terrorist? This word terrorist is WAY OVER USED.
Peach July 02, 2014 at 10:48 PM
She should have an advocate to look out for her interests and welfare, before everything is gone. Too bad right now she needs a good lawyer more than anything.


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