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Deputy's Wife Tries to Kill Him, Children in House Fire

Deputy's Wife Tries to Kill Him, Children in House Fire

Danielle Raley

Associated Press

February 09, 2011

GADSDEN, AL – The wife of an Etowah County sheriff’s deputy has been charged with attempted murder and arson after she allegedly set fire to the home she shared with her husband and two children, Sheriff Todd Entrekin said.

Danielle Joslyn Raley, 26, is charged with first-degree arson and three counts of attempted murder, investigator Jeremy Walker said.

A cash bond of $200,000 has been set.

Raley is accused of setting a fire on Jan. 31 at the family’s home on Croft Ferry Road in the Ball Play community.

The fire began inside the house when a set of curtains were lit with matches. One wall and the curtains were damaged.

Raley’s husband and two children were in the house at the time of the fire.

According to a report filed at the sheriff’s office about the fire, Jason Raley was asleep on the couch between 3 a.m. and 3:30 a.m. and awoke to the smell of smoke.

He jumped up and got his wife and kids out of the house and threw water on the fire to extinguish it, according to the report.

Danielle Raley was arrested on Monday after she confessed to investigators she set the fire.

“It’s a tragic situation that a mother would even think to do something to harm her family,” Entrekin said. “It doesn’t matter if it was a deputy sheriff’s wife. We’re going to treat this case like we would any other.”

Entrekin said that is one of the reasons the Etowah County Arson Task Force, which consists of several different fire and law enforcement agencies, was involved with the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office in the investigation.

“We wanted to make sure this was looked at with outside eyes,” Entrekin said.

Deputy State Fire Marshal Ray Cumby works with the Arson Task Force.

“We are pleased that this case was solved quickly and without injury to anyone,” Cumby said. “The cooperation between agencies involved in the Arson Task Force has proven beneficial to everyone. We will continue to prosecute anyone who is involved in setting fires and putting other lives at risk.”

A fire in 2009 that destroyed the Raleys’ home in Southside was ruled accidental after an investigation by the Arson Task Force, Entrekin said.

“If there is any information that comes up in the current investigation that warrants (it), an investigation could be reopened in the 2009 fire,” he said.

  • Flags_and_stars_max50


    over 3 years ago


    I am glad no one was hurt. What a shame!!

  • Img_1159_max50


    over 3 years ago


    You know I feel sorry for that deputy...Its rough enough dealing with the quacks out on the street or in lockup, but then you get to go home to the same thing?! Thats unforunate. Best of luck to you Deputy

  • 100_1019_max50


    over 3 years ago


    WTF!! is wrong with people,,, The stupid women tried to kill her family, I could kind of understand if her husband was a POS, but when you add children into this, it's a whole other story!!! They need to fry this crazy B!T(H!!!!

  • Yeh_max50


    over 3 years ago


    I'm glad no one got injured or killed. it's sad to see people make bad decisions when they are angry & irrational. Better off with a divorce than even thinking about killing.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    Best wishes and prayers for Deputy Raley and children. There is special place in hell for the future ex-Mrs Raley. I hope she enjoys the heat.

  • Pug_max600_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Tragic and sad. Perhaps in prison Ms Raley will find help for her tormented life. Regardless if this is a call for help or she fully intended to commit murder she will have to deal with the justice system. Prayers to the family in this difficult and confusing time.

  • 0524001248_0001_0001_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Bad enough we have to deal with this on our jobs. But to come home and have to deal with it must be devistating. Hope that Deputy and children will be able to go on. As for the Deputy our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Ba_old_glory_max50


    over 3 years ago


    This woman has a wicked murderous heart. I am very glad the Deputy and the children are ok.

  • Station_max50


    over 3 years ago


    This sucks, I'm glad Dep.
    and the kids are Ok.

  • 1979_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Wow. So sorry for Deputy Raley to have to be put through something like this. It raises some serious questions about the 2009 fire now. Prayers go out to our Brother Deputy Raley and his kids and I hope the divorce proceedings go his way entirely. She definately needs some serious help with her issues.

  • Me_callie08172010_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Is it just me, or do cops tend to end up with the craziest women. So many of my brothers have crazy wives or ex-wives. I keep telling my ex that he just doesn't know how good he has it - lol.
    Thank God they all made it out safely.

  • Dsc00052_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Man....As if we're not having a tough enough time staying alive on the streets.....

  • Don_27t_20tred_20on_20me_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Why couldn't she be married to Jared Loughner?

  • Photo_user_banned_big


    over 3 years ago


    Sure... She "may be mentally ill" or she may have "bi-whatever disorder" or yeah.. Perhaps there were "signs" and yeah... WHATEVER.
    Give the CAPITAL B all the available treatment... IN JAIL, where she should remain for a long, long time.

  • Jack_bauer_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Wow, we date some crazy women, I should know! Glad everyone is okay.

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