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Police: Woman Sets Fire To House With Boyfriend, Child Inside

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) -- A Duquesne woman is charged with setting a house on fire while her boyfriend and his young daughter were inside.

A singed child's car seat and a package of diapers on the front porch of the charred ruin of house on Ross Street in Duquesne are only a hint of what happened there early Sunday morning.

Monday afternoon, friends were salvaging what they could.

According to the criminal complaint, 31-year-old Lynn Kennedy is accused of setting fire to the home she says she owns - telling officers, "That if she wanted to set it on fire she was free to do so."

About 2 a.m. Sunday, Kennedy arrived, "screaming and upset," at her boyfriend Nathanial Champion. Others heard her say, "If I can't live here no one can" and "I'm gonna burn this house down."

Champion's 2-year-old daughter, Kadience, was also there.

When Champion told Kennedy he was calling the police, she left. but she returned a short time later, breaking in through a front window.

Witnesses describe Kennedy setting fire to garbage and clothing on the stove top burners.

Picking up his baby girl, Champion escaped safely. But Kennedy refused to leave, fighting off police officers who had to handcuff her to get her out.

In search of Kennedy, police say they found suspected controlled substances, in her pants pocket, believed to be marijuana and cocaine.

Ms. Kennedy is being held in the Allegheny County Jail charges with risking a catastrophe, resisting arrest, recklessly endangering other persons and possession with intent to deliver.

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