Jamie Avery Jr. accused of attempting to set 1-year-old on fire in New York

West Palm Beach man faces attempted murder charge after child found covered in flammable liquid
Love's truck stop where Jamie Avery Jr. tried to set child on fire
Posted at 11:18 PM, May 04, 2022
and last updated 2022-05-05 06:24:55-04

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A Florida man is facing attempted aggravated murder charges after officials say he attempted to light a 1-year-old child on fire in New York.

The incident occurred Tuesday at a Love's truck stop in Waterloo, New York.

Seneca County (N.Y.) Sheriff's Office deputies were called to a report of several fires inside the building and located two suspects believed to have started or attempted to have started the fires.

Deputies said Jamie Avery Jr., 28, of West Palm Beach, and another suspect, whose name has not been disclosed, were in the company of a 1-year-old child who was covered in a flammable liquid.

The child was immediately taken to Geneva General Hospital by ambulance. Avery and the second suspect were arrested.

Deputies checked the building and were able to locate a suspicious device in the men's bathroom. The building was immediately evacuated and the bomb squad was called.

bomb squad called to Love's truck stop in Waterloo, New York
The bomb squad was called after a suspicious device was found in the men's bathroom of this Love's truck stop in Waterloo, New York.

According to a news release, it took four hours for authorities to declare the scene safe, after the suspicious device was determined to be a makeshift replica and not incendiary.

The release said a 4-year-old was then found at the scene injured and abandoned in the cab of a tractor-trailer.

Deputies forced themselves into the cab and removed the child. The child was rushed to a hospital with apparent head injuries.

An investigation determined that Avery and the other suspect poured a flammable liquid on the 1-year-old and attempted to light the child on fire inside the building, but they weren't successful, authorities said.

Investigators are still working to determine the circumstances surrounding the 4-year-old child.

Both children were treated and are expected to make full recoveries. They are both in the custody of Seneca County Division of Human Services.

Avery now faces charges of attempted aggravated murder, second-degree attempted murder, second-degree arson, attempted second-degree arson and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

Charges against the other suspect are pending.