Father Stabs His 2 Adult Children, Sets Fire to Home in Jacksonville

In the early hours of May 14, firefighters responded to a structure fire call in Jacksonville, Florida. When they arrived at the scene, officials also found two victims with stab wounds.

Jacksonville Fire Rescue Department were quickly able to contain a house fire at the 5200 block of Shirley Avenue on Monday morning. Two adults were also at the scene, both whom were allegedly stabbed by their father.

Father Stabs Children, Sets Fire to House, & Flees

The victims, a 29-year-old male and a 31-year-old female, reportedly live at the residence with their father. At the time of the incident, all three adults and the female victim’s three children —one infant, two under the age of 10— were inside the home.

According to reports, at approximately 4:00 a.m., the suspect stabbed his 31-year-old daughter in a bedroom. Her screams reportedly woke up her brother, who came to her defense. As he tried to intervene, the suspect then purportedly charged at his son and stabbed him, too. The victims’ father then fled, but not before setting fire to the home.

Both victims and the children were able to escape, with the adults being taken to the hospital and treated for non-life threatening injuries. The children were reportedly with neighbors while waiting for the Florida Department of Children and Families to take custody of them.

Suspect Turns Himself in

Only a couple blocks away, shortly after fleeing the scene, the unnamed suspect turned himself in. His clothing was reportedly bloody and he had superficial wounds. He is facing charges of arson and aggravated battery.

Though police are still investigating the case, local news anchor Cole Heath spoke to neighbors at the scene. They confirmed that the family moved to the home only a few months ago. It was also revealed that this is not the first time police were called to the house —though details about previous incidents are unknown at this time. It is not yet known what motivated his attack.