Deputy’s wife sets house ablaze with husband, kids inside

ETOWAH COUNTY, ALA. (WBRC) - The 26-year-old wife of an Etowah County Sheriff's Office deputy and mother of two has been arrested and charged with arson and attempted murder after setting the curtains of her house on fire with her family still inside.

Danielle Joslyn Raley, from east Gadsden, has been charged with one count of first degree arson and three counts of attempted murder, according to Etowah County Sheriff's office investigator Jeremy Walker. The arson incident occurred Jan. 31 at Raley's residence on Croft Ferry Road. The fire began inside the house when Raley lit her curtains on fire with a match.

On Monday, Raley confessed to investigators that she set the fire and was booked into the Etowah County Detention Center.

"It is sad that a mother would put her husband and children in danger, no matter the circumstance," said Sheriff Todd Entrekin.

The case was investigated by the sheriff's office and the Etowah County Arson Task Force.

"We are pleased that this case was solved quickly and without injury to any individual," said Deputy State Fire Marshal Ray Cumby. "The cooperation between agencies involved in the Arson Task Force has proved beneficial to all.  We will continue to prosecute anyone who is involved in setting arsons and putting other lives at risk," Cumby continued.

In the release, Sheriff Entrekin stressed that the case will be prosecute to the fullest extent of the law.

"We look forward to justice being carried out in this case," Entrekin stated.

Each of Raley's four charges carries a cash bond of $50,000 for a total bond of $200,000.

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