Timothy Dingle (Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center)
Sumter, SC (WLTX) -- Sunday authorities confirmed Robert Jackson and his sister 10-year-old Alayiah Jackson died on Saturday after being severely burned in an apartment fire in Sumter.
52-year-old Timothy Dingle, the live-in boyfriend to the mother of the children, has been charged with attempted murder and arson after two children were injured in the fire.
The blaze took place at the Lantana Apartments on Carolina Avenue Tuesday night.
Officers say the two siblings were both found unconscious in their beds when firefighters went inside.
The boy has third-degree burns from the waist down and was transported to Augusta Burn Center. The fire department and police suspected arson, and called the State Law Enforcement Division, which determined the fire was intentionally set.
A witness said they heard an argument between Dingle and Young, according to Deputy Chief Alvin Holsten with the Sumter Police Department. The witnesses went on to say that Dingle said he was going to burn the house down.
Dingle is being held at the Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center. Police are awaiting autopsy results, before finalizing charges against Dingle.
Sunday family members are gathering 2-6 PM at the Old Walmart in Sumter to hold a carwash fundraiser. The money raised will go to funeral expenses for the children.
A community memorial service will be held at the Lantana Apartments on Tuesday at 6PM.