A man identified as Bobby Copass now faces charges of murder after police and official said he set a Florissant house on fire, which killed a 16-year-old boy who has autism.
After investigation, the man Copass, 39, was arrested and charged with first-degree torching on Friday.
The two-alarm fire began at home on the 1900 block of Curtis Court about 3 a.m. Friday. Florissant police and official noticed the house was fully covered in flames, but were unable to get inside the house.
Florissant Valley firefighters were successful in pulling out the boy, Dustin Baggett, from home. Unfortunately, the boy died at a hospital from his injuries. The boy was studying at Hazelwood West High School.
The man is now being held at the St. Louis County Jail. Police and officials said he also lived on Curtis Court but has not stated whether he lived with the family or with others. Police did not explain a possible motive for torching the home.
Copass earlier spent more than ten years in prison for an earlier incident.
In 2004, Copass declared guilty and was sentenced for felony abduction, first-degree attack, first-degree robbery, and three counts of armed wrongful action, according to court documents. He was freed from prison in August 2018.