Daughter Sets Fire To Mom's Home, Faces Attempted Murder Charges In South County: Report


Officials said 51-year-old Laurie Ann Canavan was charged with attempted murder and arson after setting her mother’s Churchton home, shown here, on fire on Oct. 24. (Courtesy of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department)

CHURCHTON, MD - An adult daughter faces attempted murder and arson charges after setting fire to her mother's Chuchton home, officials announced Monday.

The mother was hospitalized in serious condition, the Anne Arundel County Fire Department said. She is expected to survive.

Officials identified the suspect as 51-year-old Laurie Ann Canavan.

The mother called 911 on Oct. 24 to report that her daughter set the home on fire, a press release said.

Crews said they responded to the 5600 block of Carroll Street around 5:47 a.m. and found the one-story house ablaze.

Firefighters said the mother was able to escape through a bedroom window but was unsure where he daughter was.

Medics said they took the mother to the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center's burn unit in Baltimore. 

Investigators estimated that the blaze caused $200,000 in damage. The scene is pictured above. (Courtesy of the Anne Arundel County Fire Department)

Fire investigators said they found the daughter on the scene, detained her and took her to the Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis for an emergency evaluation that led to her admission to the hospital. 

Officials said they determined that the fire was intentionally set in the hallway outside the bedrooms. They estimated that the blaze caused $200,000 in damage.

Anne Arundel County Fire Investigators said they applied for charges on Oct. 24 and a warrant was issued on these charges:

  • Attempted first-degree murder
  • Attempted second-degree murder 
  • First-degree arson
  • Second-degree arson
  • First-degree assault
  • Second-degree assault
  • False imprisonment

The suspect was arrested last Thursday, the release said.

Fire officials said she is being held at the Anne Arundel County Detention Center without bond.

A team of 62 firefighters said they controlled the one-alarm blaze within 30 minutes.

The Anne Arundel County Fire Department thanked the Annapolis Fire Department, the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department, the Dunkirk Volunteer Fire Department and the Anne Arundel County Police Department for their help.

Investigators don't know if the home had working smoke detectors.

This map shows the area where officials said the fire happened.

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