Local man charged with arson, child abuse

January 15, 2016

DSC_0051 webA Barbourville man was arrested shortly after midnight Friday, accused of arson and multiple counts of child abuse.

According to the Knox County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Claude Hudson, responded to a domestic disturbance call on Wynn Hollow Road. When the deputy arrived, he reportedly saw Karl Abrams, age 32, standing on the road near the bottom of his driveway with blood on his hands and legs screaming, “What have I done?” over and over again as he watched his house burn.

There was reportedly no one in the house when it caught fire. The rest of the home’s residents, Amanda Hughes and four children, were all down the street at a neighbor’s house when the fire broke out.

After talking with the children, Deputy Hudson determined the fire was the result of damage made to the stove when Abrams broke the stove door in a rage. When the children warned him the stove could catch fire, he reportedly replied, “Let it burn.”

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