‘Her depravity and greed know no bounds’: SJC mom indicted in 2018 house fire that killed young son

ST. JOHNS COUNTY, Fla. — Nearly three years after an 11-year-old boy died trying to rescue his family dog from a house fire, his mother has been charged with first-degree murder and felony arson.

Michelle Taylor was indicted Monday by a St. Johns County grand jury. She is accused of burning down her house while she was home with her two children.

Family members told Action News Jax in 2018 that Taylor and her 18-year-old daughter escaped the fire.

Taylor’s son died from smoke inhalation and severe burns after running back into the home, according to the state attorney’s office.

Investigators say Taylor was after insurance money. She later received a check for more than $90,000 from her homeowner’s insurance.

Fire investigators with the State Fire Marshall determined several areas inside the house tested positive for gasoline.

State attorney R.J. Larizza said of Taylor’s actions that “her depravity and greed know no bounds.”


Samantha Mathers

Samantha Mathers, Action News Jax

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