Mother arrested for allegedly setting clothes on fire, shoplifting at children's store on Siegen Lane
BATON ROUGE - Authorities arrested a mother after she and her two children allegedly set a clothing rack on fire and shoplifted from a children's retail store over the weekend.
The St. George Fire Protection District said the incident happened shortly after 5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 13, at Carter's children's clothing store on Siegen Lane.
Crews responding to the scene found a rack of clothing just outside the store had been set on fire. A customer helped firefighters move the rack before the flames could spread inside.
Carter's employees later told fire investigators that a woman and her two children were responsible for the blaze, with the kids allegedly setting fire to the rack before their mother started shoving clothes into her purse. The trio allegedly left in a white sedan without paying for the stolen goods.
The woman was later identified as Jerdae Tanner. Officials arrested Tanner on Tuesday and charged her with aggravated arson and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile.
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