Police: Mother, son die after set ablaze by estranged husband

PALM BAY, PALM BAY, Florida. – Authorities say a Florida woman and her adult son are dead after her estranged husband broke into their house and put them on the fire.

Palm Bay police tell local news media that the 61-year-old Daisy Tapia and her son, 32 years old, Erik Montes, died from their injuries Thursday.

Sixty-four-year-old Edgard Fuentes faces murder, arson and burglary charges in their death.

Police say Fuentes went to the house early that morning, and poured gasoline throughout the house and started a fire that severely burned his estranged wife and his stepson.

Tapia and Montes were transported to the hospital, where they both died.

Police say Fuentes was later arrested in a nearby rest stop on Interstate 95. He was also severely burned in the fire.

It is unclear whether Fuentes has an attorney.

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