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South Carolina mother accused of setting car on fire with toddler inside

A South Carolina mother accused of intentionally harming her 14-month-old son during a car fire on a busy interstate now faces multiple charges.

Caylin Allise Watson, 23, of Elgin, is charged with attempted murder, two counts of arson and abuse/infliction of great bodily injury upon a child.

Watson is accused of setting her car on fire while her son was inside. The incident happened around 1:30 p.m. Sunday while parked on I-126 westbound.

Investigators say the child suffered severe burns all over his body and is in critical condition at the Augusta Burn Center.

Watson was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries before being taken to jail. She’s currently being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

Reports say four bystanders stopped to help by calling 911 and getting out to help the child.

Police and the Columbia Fire Department showed up shortly after. Watson was immediately detained after authorities say evidence showed the fire was intentional.

South Carolina Law Enforcement Division assisted Columbia Police with processing the scene, taking photos and collecting evidence.

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