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TN man accused of setting mobile home on fire while wife slept inside

David Cody Watkins is accused of setting his mobile home on fire while his wife was asleep inside. (Source: Weakley County Sheriff's Department) David Cody Watkins is accused of setting his mobile home on fire while his wife was asleep inside. (Source: Weakley County Sheriff's Department)
WEAKLEY COUNTY, TN (KFVS) -

A Gleason, Tennessee man is accused of arson in connection with a fire at his mobile home on January 21, 2015.

David Cody Watkins, 25, was charged with arson.

According to the Weakley County Sheriff's Department, the fire happened at Watkins' mobile home on Winstead Road, north of Dresden.

During his confession, Watkins allegedly told an investigator and Fire Chief Paul Hutcherson that he set fire to the mobile home knowing his wife was inside asleep.

Watkins allegedly said that before starting the fire, he put the couple's infant in a car seat. He allegedly said that after setting the fire, he and the infant went to church.

According to the sheriff's department, someone noticed the fire and called 911.

The Dresden Fire Department responded and put the fire out.

According to Captain Randall McGowan with the Weakley County Sheriff's Department, the charge will be upgraded to aggravated arson once the case is heard in general sessions court.

Aggravated arson means that someone was in a structure when it was set on fire, or a firefighter was seriously injured because of the fire. Aggravated arson is a Class A felony.

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