Girl Charged With Setting Classmate's Hair On Fire

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) - An 11-year-old girl accused of setting a classmate's hair on fire will remain in the Butler County Juvenile Detention Center until she gets a psychological evaluation.

Juvenile Court Magistrate Barbara Infantino rejected a request to let the Verity Middle School student go free pending trial.

"I don't think it is in the victim's best interest or the school's best interest to release her until we have more information," the magistrate said.

The girl is charged with aggravated arson. A pretrial hearing is scheduled for March 6.

The girl is accused of using a cigarette lighter and a bottle of body spray to set the hair of an 11-year-old boy on fire before a class. School officials said she first tried to start a fire near the leg of a chair, but it wouldn't ignite.

The girl then walked up behind the boy, lit a lighter and aimed the body spray at his head, catching his hair on fire, according to school officials. The boy was not seriously injured.

Principal Greg Williams said the girl has a history of problems at the school. An expulsion hearing is scheduled for March 19.

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