Man to be charged in arson that killed mother, daughter at Detroit apartment
Detroit — A man is set to be charged in connection to an west side apartment fire that killed a woman and her daughter, and critically injured her son, officials said.
The Wayne County Prosecutor's Office said it has authorized several charges against Dmarco Latham, 24, including two counts of felony murder, three counts of first-degree arson and two counts of arson-preparation to burn.
Latham is expected to be arraigned Friday in 36th District Court in Detroit.
If convicted, he faces up to life in prison for the murder charges.
Police accuse Latham of starting a fire Tuesday in a two-story apartment building in the 9500 block of Brace, near Joy and Southfield. Firefighters responded to calls about the fire at about 7:30 p.m.
Investigators say Latham allegedly set the fire in an apartment over ongoing issues he had with the mother of his children, who lives in the building. The mother and her children were not present at the time of the fire, according to authorities.
However, a 31-year-old woman and her 2-year-old daughter who lived in the building died as a result of injuries they sustained in the fire. Both were taken to a hospital where they were pronounced dead. The woman's 8-year-old son survived the fire with injures.
Another woman who lived in the building was also injured in the fire and was treated at the scene by medics.