Woman who blamed sleepwalking for fire charged with arson, attempted murder

jkegley@herald-leader.comOctober 15, 2012 

A Lexington woman who told fire investigators she accidentally set her apartment on fire while sleepwalking was charged Monday with first-degree arson and attempted murder.

Lamonica Anganette Hill, 41, was being held in the Fayette County jail.

Hill and her juvenile son were living at the Circle View Apartments on Lima Drive when their apartment caught fire about 1 a.m. Sept. 13. Hill initially told firefighters she was sleepwalking and had a dream about grilling.

However, Lexington arson investigators found evidence that contradicted her story and indicated that the fire was intentionally set, Capt. Carrie Bowling said Monday at a news conference.

Bowling said she could not elaborate on the evidence or discuss a possible motive because the case was open.

Hill's son had been given an excessive dose of medicine before the fire department's arrival, Bowling said. She said she could not specify what type of medicine or how much was administered.

She also said it was too early to comment on Hill's mental state at the time.

"We're not qualified to make that judgment at this point," she said. "We basically evaluate the evidence and do what is necessary."

Hill and her son escaped the burning apartment after 911 call-takers gave Hill instructions on how to extinguish the fire, which was confined to one room.

Hill was arrested Monday afternoon. She was cooperative when she was interviewed by arson investigators, Bowling said.

Josh Kegley: (859) 231-3197.Twitter: @HLpublicsafety.

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