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Benton man charged with arson, domestic assault, endangering child

Thomas McDonald (Source: Scott County Sheriff's Office) Thomas McDonald (Source: Scott County Sheriff's Office)
BENTON, MO (KFVS) - A Benton area man is charged with arson, domestic assault, and endangering the welfare of a child after a fire on a county road outside of Benton.

Thomas R. McDonald, 25, of Benton has been charged with the Class B felony of arson 1st degree, four counts of the Class B felony of domestic assault 1st degree, and the Class C felony of endangering the welfare of a child. 

Deputies and fire personnel responded to 1264 County Road 333 outside of Benton for a report of a structure fire on Sunday. 

The homeowner told deputies she woke up to a smoke filled home. 

She said she believed McDonald had intentionally set the fire. She also stated McDonald had been involved in a disturbance the day before with her daughter, who lives at the home. 

The homeowner said she got her two children and grandchild and left. She said she noticed the fire was coming from the northwest bedroom on top of her daughter's bed. 

The Missouri State Fire Marshal determined the two origins of the fire were in the northwest bedroom on a bed and bunk bed. 

A told deputies that McDonald admitted to them that he burned the home down. McDonald told the witness that he could hear the girls screaming inside. 

Another witness told deputies that McDonald has told them that he was going to burn the home down with everyone in it. 

A third witness placed McDonald at the home shortly before it was on fire. 

Deputies arrested McDonald and took him to the Scott County Jail. 

Bond was set at $25,000 cash only.

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