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Deputies: Man grabbed drugs, left baby as home burned down

Posted at 1:07 PM, Sep 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-20 13:07:47-04

PORT RICHEY, Fla. (AP) -- Authorities say a Port Richey man grabbed his drugs but left behind an infant and two caged dogs after accidentally causing an explosion.

News outlets report 24-year-old Steven Brown turned himself in to Pasco County investigators Monday. He faces arson, drug and aggravated cruelty to animal charges, among others.

Kevin Doll with the Pasco County Sheriff's Office says Brown was trying to cook butane hash oil inside his home Sept. 3 when a fire started, burning his house down.

Deputies say Brown took his drugs and fled the residence, leaving behind a 1-year-old child and two dogs. The child wasn't hurt, but the dogs died.

Authorities had been searching for Brown, who they say fled from a traffic stop Sept. 9.

It is unclear whether he has an attorney.

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