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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.

  • 1393794_10151798561878138_392793313_n_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Sad! Glad that the deputy and the children are alive

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    This woman is obviously mentally disturbed. I hope the Sheriff will keep her away from his family, but at the same time, ensure that she is getting whatever mental treatment she clearly needs. This could have been a real tragedy. No family is immune from mental illness; there are a lot of people out there who are bipolar, schizophrenic, etc., and a lot of them are young people. Read an article on Bipolar disorder, and it begins to show up in the mid to late teens, mostly in women. This woman is 26 years old? Willing to bet there have been signs of mood swings for a while, which probably explains why the husband was sleeping on the couch.

  • Justice-400_max50


    over 3 years ago


    There aren't many details here really and we have no idea why she would set the fire. Anger issues? A bad case of crazy? Depression? I'm guessing the same as uncledennis.

  • Leosupporter_max50


    over 3 years ago


    I'm with you Angels4ever.

  • 2011_range_day_2-19-10_max50


    over 3 years ago


    She definitely has anger management issues of epic proportions. Attempted to kill her hubby and their kids - she has to pay for that. And reopen the previous case, she was probably behind that one too.

  • White_shirt_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Hold her feet to the fire (pun intended) There should be no bond. It is obvious she does not have a firm grip on the bat.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago


    Sad case--glad the officer and the children escaped with their lives.

  • Untitledma28839986-0002_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Bump SkoolCop

  • Cpu_2010_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Thank goodness the Deputy woke up. Glad the Deputy and the children are alright.

  • Me2_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Thats awesome. Not really..

  • Anonymous-killer-whale-232189_1__max50


    over 3 years ago


    Should be no bond for charges like this. Jail is right where she needs to be ..........

  • 25-1-13-a_1__max50


    over 3 years ago


    “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.”

    REALLY........... While it may be a domestic violence case that included 3 counts of attempt murder by way of arson, one of the victims is known (OBVIOUSLY) by the suspect to be a deputy sheriff. One could argue her attempt to kill a deputy sheriff/police officer.

  • Radio2_max50


    over 3 years ago


    She needs to stay in jail..

  • Vpsomourningband_max50


    over 3 years ago


    Wow they had a house fire in 2009 too...
    Bump Sgt_524

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 3 years ago

    What happened to a life that use to be normal.Now a days you don't know who will turn on you.Life is hard enough at work then to worry at home also.Such a sad story.

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