North Carolina man wanted in November in fire that killed child

KINSTON, NC (WNCT) — A warrant has been issued for a Lenoir County man who deputies believe was responsible for a fire that killed a child in November.

William Jeremiah Howell is wanted for manslaughter in the death of the child in a fire which performed on November 21, 2021 at 1879 Water Chestnut Drive in Kinston. Investigators said Howell was intoxicated at home and lit a burner on a stove to fix food in the kitchen.

The burner was left unattended and started the fire that killed an 8-year-old boy, according to the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office. Two other children escaped the fire.

“Many firefighters, paramedics, fire investigators, law enforcement officers, family members and others felt deeply hurt by the loss of such a young person,” the county sheriff said. Lenoir, Ronnie Ingram. “These tragic cases are never easy, but detectives and others involved in the investigation pushed hard to find evidence of negligence and obtained a warrant for this suspect.”

If you know Howell’s location, you are encouraged to contact the Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office at 252-559-6118 or you can call Kinston Lenoir County Crimestoppers at 252-523-4444.

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