Thursday, February 28, 2008

Reward Offered for Arson of this Child


Law enforcement officials are pleading for the public's help in identifying an arsonist who set a home ablaze in South Natomas, Sacramento– a fire that killed Amariana Crenshaw, a 4-year-old girl. Amariana was killed when someone threw a Molotov cocktail into the home on Sweet Pea Way, in Natomas, where she was sleeping, police said. Her foster mother was cleaning the home to make it ready for renters, and four other young people – all teenagers – were also in the house when the fatal blaze broke out about 3:30 a.m., authorities said.

"The fire and death was the direct result of criminal conduct," said Sgt. Matt Young, spokesman for the Sacramento Police Department, which is investigating the incident as a homicide. By the time crews arrived at the burning home, the house was engulfed in flames and smoke. Authorities said it was too late to save the girl, whose badly burned body was found near the front of the house.

What makes this case so sad is that even though the police say there are no suspects, they show were Amariana's Foster mom, Tracy Dossman, was in the process of adopting the child, and the biological mother was not in agreement with that.

Tracy Dossman, filed a restraining order in 2006 against Amariana's biological mother, claiming the woman had threatened to "burn my house down." Sacramento Police Detective Brian DeDonder said investigators interviewed the girl's birth mother and have "no reason to list her as a suspect."

In the meantime this innocent child has died. It is such a sad case.


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