ARSON ARREST: Daughter-In-Law Charged

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A Des Moines woman is accused of getting revenge on her mother-in-law by setting a fire at her home late Saturday night.

Everyone made it out of the home safely but the family still can’t believe what happened.

“I feel like somehow it maybe could have been avoided,” said Todd Duckworth.

Duckworth’s wife, Lesley, is accused of starting a fire in the basement of the home in the 1300 block of West Street.

Just after 11:00 Saturday night, fire fighters were called to the home after 32-year-old Lesley Duckworth intentionally set fire to paper and other materials in the basement.

Todd Duckworth says he can`t believe his wife of 12 years tried to burn down his mother`s house.

Duckworth’s family says she suffers from a mental illness, but refuses treatment.

“The hardest part is that we knew how it started and why and it’s very hard when you have someone in the family who is sick,” said family friend Judi Bly.

Police were called to the home hours before the fire started or a family disturbance between Lesley Duckworth and her mother-in-law.

Duckworth is in the Polk County Jail charged with assault and first degree arson.

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