City man, 51, charged in attack on woman left in burning house

October 13, 2003|BY A SUN STAFF WRITER

An East Baltimore man has been charged with arson and assault in the attack on a woman who was beaten, tied up and left for dead in a burning house.

James Childs, 51, was charged late Saturday with first-degree arson, first-degree malicious burning, two counts of assault, false imprisonment, burglary and possession of a deadly weapon with intent to injure, said Agent Donny Moses, a police spokesman.

His bail status was not known yesterday, Moses said.

Childs is accused of attacking Romaine Vance, 32, at her East Baltimore home. Vance is the cousin of Childs' former girlfriend. Childs and the former girlfriend had a history of domestic violence, witnesses told police.

Neighbors saved Vance on Saturday night from her burning Jefferson Street home, where police said she was beaten and bound with rope. Two men broke a window, untied her and pulled her to safety, police said.

Vance was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where she was treated for smoke inhalation and listed in good condition Saturday.

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