St. Johns County mother arrested after setting own home on fire, killing son

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — A St. Johns County mother is facing first-degree felony murder and arson charges after she allegedly intentionally set her own home on fire back in 2018.

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She had her 18-year-old daughter made it out OK, but her son, an 11-year-old boy, died in that fire.

Michelle Taylor, 37, who lived in the home off Lee Street is accused of burning down her own house while she was home with her two children.

According to investigators, Taylor was trying to get insurance money from the house.

She later received a $90,000 check from her homeowner’s insurance company.

Several areas of the home tested positive for gasoline.