Babysitter Accused of Setting Fire to Home of Family With 'Disrespectful' Kids (VIDEO)

A babysitter has been accused of burning down the house of the children she babysat for. Martha Carolyn Dreher watched the children for a couple who live apart in Austin, Texas. The pair have 5-year-old twin boys as well as two preteen girls. On a night when the father was out of town with the girls, Dreher was watching the twins at their mom's house. She reportedly told them she wanted to "grab popcorn" at the dad's house and drove there with the twins. She allegedly went inside, left the twins in the car, and started a fire in the preteens' bedrooms. Allegedly, she had a "vendetta" against the girls.

Dreher, 57, reportedly had watched the girls recently and claimed they were "horrible" and "disrespectful" to her and that she didn't want to watch them anymore. But she was still babysitting the youngest siblings at a different house.

Investigators say they watched surveillance video that showed Dreher entering the home and the beginnings of flames coming from the girls' bedrooms as she drove off. Despite that, and being charged with arson, she denies she did it.

The father says that whoever set the fire did it inside the girls' bedrooms and even shut the doors so that the fire would be contained inside those two rooms.

Why on Earth go and start a fire in bedrooms? Preteen girls can be disrespectful, and, hey, if you don't like it, don't be around them.

Definitely has to be a better way of getting the point across that you don't like two young girls. Like, I dunno, quitting?!

And if she's guilty, how scary that she was watching the other children.


Image via Travis County Jail



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Jeana... JeanaJaybird

Oh no, this hits way too close to home for me. My three stepsons are burn survivors.. their house was set on fire one year before I got with their father, Spring of 2010. Their father went to work at 6 a.m. and the boys were being babysat by a lady in the neighborhood. For some reason she left very early in the morning and left her 13 yr old son in charge .. one thing led to another and the boy set off fireworks (roman candles to be exact) inside of the home. There was some insulation exposed from the attic on the ceilings and once that caught fire the rest was history. 2 of the boys were burned while they slept in their beds, Brenton was 7 and was burned 45% of his body, Isiah was 3 and was burned 65% including the top of his scalp and forehead. ... Although it was 4 years ago, I deal with the aftermath of this "accident" every single day. The boys have continuous surgeries due to skin stretching from growth, etc. They have fallen so far behind in school that they have each been held back twice. The oldest (he wasn't burned but received extreme cuts and injuries from breaking out a window and jumping) was moved to special ed because of severe PTSD.

The fact that someone, especially an ADULT, would purposely try to burn these girls is atrosious and literally brings tears to my eyes. To want to cause these children a lifetime of turmoil or death over something as minor as misbehaving is absurd, this scumbag should have never been around anyone's children!! ..

belie... believeitornot

What did you read? Admittedly I haven't read anything else about this, but this article claims the girls were out of town, no one tried to hurt anyone...not that setting fire to someones room is alright, but it's hardly trying to kill someone...

Gamer... Gamer_mom1

People need to get over the fact that children are not adults and all will learn good behavior in their own time and noone elses

nonmember avatar Elissa

I have always hired younger girls to babysit that I know in the neighborhood because they are more on task, less likely to watch tv the whole time, more likely to play games with them, and the girls that babysit for us love kids and bring games every single time. I also think younger kids aren't as "in it for the money".

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