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29 November 2023

Mom's rape revenge: Sets ablaze child-killer's home in fire training exercise

Accused is serving life term for sexually assaulting and smothering 7-year-old girl. (AP)

By Staff

A Florida mom burnt down the home of her daughter’s killer in a firefighter training exercise. And 40-year-old Diena Thompson’s desire for revenge was fulfilled without breaking any laws.

In 2009, Jarred Harrell lured her 7-year-old girl into the ‘horror’ house when she was returning from school, and sexually assaulted and smothered her before dumping her body in the trash, reported ‘nydailynews’.

He pleaded guilty to murder, kidnapping, sexual battery and other charges and is now serving a life term. So his house was foreclosed on and the bank transferred ownership to the Somer Thompson Foundation, which turned around and gave it to the Orange Park Fire Department to use for training, according to ‘The Florida Times-Union’.

Jarred Harrell pleaded guilty to murder, kidnapping, sexual battery and other charges — avoiding the death penalty — and was sentenced to life in prison. (AP)

When the fire department decided to torch the building as part of its firefighter training exercise, it was at last Thompson’s day. “I get to burn their house down...I am the big bad wolf this time, knocking down your door," she was quoted as saying relieved at avenging her little girl’s death.

Somer vanished on her way home from school in Oct. 2009 and her body was found days later in a landfill. (AP)