A 7-year-old child was arrested and charged with first-degree arson for allegedly setting his parents’ house on fire while they slept inside, CBS News reported. The incident happened in Jackson County, about 40 miles northwest of Charleston.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department in West Virginia, US shared a picture of the burning house on Facebook. They said the child intentionally set the fire while his parents were in the house.

Two people got minor burns in the house, but everyone inside survived, the police said. The authorities took the child into custody and charged him with first-degree arson.

The police department said, ‘‘A 7-year-old child is in custody and charged with 1st-degree arson after he intentionally set fire to the family home with the parents sleeping inside. Two people suffered minor burn injuries, but everyone escaped the home alive. We will not release more information about the investigation because of the case’s sensitive nature. We thank the volunteer fire departments and the WV State Fire Marshal’s Office for their response.’’

Stepfather accused of child abuse The department said the next day that they arrested the child’s stepfather on suspicion of child abuse. A USA Today report said investigators think the stepfather abused the child who committed arson.

The department posted on Facebook, ‘‘Aaron Hufford, 38 of Sandyville, WV and stepfather to the 7-year-old suspect from yesterday’s 1st Degree Arson event, has been arrested for Child Abuse of the same 7-year-old. Detective Seth Fisher and Detective Gary Baldwin are leading the thorough investigation. We will not provide more details at this time.’’

Authorities said they are limiting the information they release ‘‘because of the case’s sensitive nature.’’

In West Virginia, police can charge children by criminal complaint or by citation, but the rules for arresting juveniles vary from state to state.

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