Mom behind on payments when 11-year-old set fire to minivan

A mother accused of child abuse after her 11-year-old caught on fire during a vehicle arson was identified by authorities Thursday.

Henderson police said Juanita D. Carr, 30, drove her son and an 18-year-old acquaintance to her van just after midnight Wednesday.

Carr told police she thought the minivan had been stolen sometime on Sunday, but learned Tuesday evening that the 18-year-old had left the vehicle near Russell Road and Boulder Highway, near Sam Boyd Stadium.

The group doused the van with gasoline and the 11-year-old set the van on fire, police said.

But the flames quickly jumped to the boy, who was hospitalized with severe burns on more than 40 percent of his body. He will likely survive, police said.

Carr told detectives she was behind on her car payments and recently spent $1,200 on repairs. But the van still didn’t work properly.

Detectives have not yet interviewed the 18-year-old friend.

Contact reporter Mike Blasky at mblasky@reviewjournal.com or 702-383-0283. Follow @blasky on Twitter.