NC dad charged with setting camper on fire with baby inside

Jonathan James Stroud

MARION, NC (WBTV) – A Marion man is charged with setting his estranged wife’s home on fire with their child inside.

Officials say 30-year-old Jonathan James Stroud set his his estranged wife’s camper on fire last month after ongoing issues with her. Now, he’s facing new charges including arson and child abuse.

Stroud set the woman’s camper, located on U.S. 70 West, on fire in December, but she was not home at the time. The woman said Stroud previously set the the camper on fire in November 2014, when the home was located on Pebble Stone Drive. The woman and the couple’s son, a year old at the time, were inside and were able to escape without injury.

Stroud is also accused of abusing the child in February 2015, when the boy was two. Stroud hit the toddler on the back, buttox and inner thigh, leaving multiple bruises, officials say.

Officials also believe Stroud broke into a vehicle in a church lot and stole $135 worth of items. Stroud is charged with felony creaking and entering a motor vehicle, injury to personal property, larceny and child abuse.

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