Tragic Twist to Domestic Dispute

What started as a heated argument between a father and daughter Thursday morning ended in a tragic suicide in Hearne.

Police say a woman, whose name is not being released, barricaded herself into a house and set it on fire.

It was a devastating start to one family's new year.

"We don't know what caused it," one relative said. "She's had some flares before, but we don't know."

Police say it started as an argument between the 36-year-old Hearne woman and her father at an apartment in the 800 block of West Davis Street.

She then ran to her great aunt's house in the 900 block of West Second Street.
Police say she was belligerent and bloody from apparent self inflicted wounds.
She was also armed with a knife and a bottle of what appeared to be lighter fluid or gasoline.

"They tried to approach her," Jody Navarro with the Hearne Police Department said. "She was pouring the gasoline or the lighter fluid onto the porch."

Her 77-year-old great aunt and an 8-year-old relative were able to get out of the house.

"My mother always let her come here," one relative said. "Whatever happened to her she'd run here and I guess this is where she wanted to go."

Police say the woman suffered from mental illness and family members say she was battling addiction.

"She had a substance abuse problem," the woman's cousin Shedrick Darnell said. "She was on that stuff, probably been on that stuff all night long and it just made her crazy."

An autopsy has been ordered to determine the cause of death, while her family is trying to move on.

"We're just going to stick together and put everything together," Darnell said.

This isn't the first time the woman has had a run in with the law, in 2004 she doused herself in lighter fluid.

The Brazos Valley Branch of the American Red Cross is helping the family.
The woman who's house was destroyed plans to stay with relatives.


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