An Ulman mother and her son have been arrested and charged with second degree arson for allegedly intentionally setting their home on fire in October of 2017 due to a rat-infestation problem, according to a Miller County Sheriff's Office press release.
A mother sought the help of her son to allegedly burn down her home in Ulman, Mo., last month "because of an extreme rat infestation," according to the probable cause statement.
Tammy Wyrick, and son, Briant Wyrick, have both been charged with second degree arson related to the October 21, 2017 incident. A bond of $25,000 each has been issued to the defendants.
According to the court document, a daughter of Tammy Wyrick told investigators her mother had talked numerous times over the last half year about burning the house down due to the rodent problem. According to the witness, her father, Larry Wyrick, told her not to do it.
The witness told investigators Tammy told her and another sister, who was also living in the residence with four children, that they all needed to find a place to stay for the late October weekend and should take anything they wanted out of the house.
A family friend, whom the witness confided, allegedly corroborated the intentions when interviewed by detectives.
Tammy Wyrick was interviewed by detectives on October 31, 2017, adviser of her Miranda Rights, and signed a waiver to speak with detectives, according to the probable cause statement.
Wyrick allegedly admitted to her involvement in the offense, stating "she had had enough of the rat infestation and after the rats started biting her grandchildren she decided to burn the home."
The document states she drove to her son's home, Briant, and asked him to move some furniture and allegedly agreed with her conclusion to burn the house. Briant allegedly set the house on fire, starting in one of the bedrooms, and then was picked up by Tammy at a church. Surveillance video taken from a neighbor's home was also used to corroborate the Wyricks' alleged movements that night.
The property was insured by Saint Elizabeth Mutual Insurance and mortgaged through Saint Elizabeth Bank with a payoff amount of $29,096.
An Ulman mother Tammy Wyrick and her son Briant have been arrested and charged with second degree arson for allegedly intentionally setting their home on fire in October of 2017, according to a Miller County Sheriff's Office press release.
The incident occurred on October 22, 2017 on County Side Rd. in the unincorporated community in southern Miller County. Brumley Fire Department and MCSO deputies arrived to find a residence fully engulfed and subsequently considered a complete loss.
According to the release, the Missouri State Fire Marshall Office was called in to investigate the blaze along with MCSO detectives and determined the fire had been intentionally set.
Assisting agencies included the Iberia Fire Department, Tuscumbia Fire Department, Osage Beach Fire Protection District and Miller County Ambulance District.
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