‘I hope your mama likes burning alive’: Abbieana Williams Biography, Wiki
Abbieana Williams is a Michigan woman who has been arrested on suspicion that she ignited a house fire that killed three people, including two young children.
As the Associated Press reports, Abbieana Williams has been charged with arson and murder in connection to the September 3 fire that killed 8-year-old Aston Griffin, 4-year-old Jesse Kline IV, and their grandmother Melissa Westen at Westen’s home in Lansing.
According to an arrest affidavit obtained by the Lansing State Journal, the 21-year-old Williams told police that he did not set the fire at 1450 Elizabeth Street on the night of the fatal fire. But witness statements, the suspect’s own phone messages and additional evidence appear to strongly implicate Williams in the deaths from the fire.
Minutes before police say Abbieana Williams set a fire that killed her boyfriend’s mother and two nephews, she texted him, according to court records.
— Matt Miller (@MattMillerLSJ) September 18, 2020
Although Williams denied being at the address on Sept. 3, a friend told police he drove her there and overheard Williams making a threatening statement over the phone during the trip: “I hope your mom likes burning alive.”
The friend told police that Williams was angry at her boyfriend, Westen’s son, because she believed he had cheated on her, according to the affidavit.
Williams allegedly sent a similar message in a text message to her boyfriend the night the house caught fire.
“I’m out of your mother’s house … I hope your mother likes being burned alive,” Williams wrote, according to the affidavit.
A few minutes before the house burst into flames, another witness said he saw Williams in the vicinity of the house. That witness, a Westen neighbor, told police that Williams asked them for a lighter and walked in the direction of Westen’s home. Less than four minutes later, the house was on fire.
The neighbor reportedly told police that the lighter is distinctive and that he saw Williams’s boyfriend with what appeared to be the same lighter after the fire. The report does not indicate exactly when or where the neighbor met the suspect’s boyfriend with the lighter.
The affidavit also alleges that Williams was caught on surveillance video walking back and forth on Elizabeth Street between 11:25 p.m. and 11:38 p.m. The fire department received a call about the house fire at 11:45 p.m.
According to the report, investigators initially believed the fire had not been intentionally set, but further evidence collected during the investigation pointed to an arson.
According to WLNS, Williams remains in custody.