DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. -- A 10-year-old boy faces felony juvenile charges for what his parents say was an accident.
It happened last May when Tina Christenson’s son, Jacob, and his friend found a lighter and set a piece of paper ablaze. The flames spread to a bush, and then to a townhome.
The fire caused $100,000 in damage.
"He understands that what he did was horribly bad," Tina Christenson told us. “All he saw in his mind and in his thinking was lighting the piece of paper on fire, letting it go out, stomping it out, and that was it. I know he did not see beyond what could possibly happen."
She says Jacob knows what he did was wrong, and he needs to be held accountable. But -in her view- the felony charges are excessive.