Dad reportedly set on fire by son dies from injuries

August 24th, 2010 by Staff

DAVENPORT – A Polk County man who deputies say was set on fire by his son has died, the Sheriff’s office reported.

Ronald W. Harris, Sr., passed away shortly before 6 p.m. Monday, one day after deputies said his son, Ronald Harris, Jr., reportedly doused his dad with gasoline and lit the gas on fire.

According to the Sheriff’s office, Harris, Jr., was found hiding several hours later and booked into the Polk County Jail on charges of attempted murder and arson. Once his father passed away at Orlando Regional Medical Center, the main charge against Harris, Jr., was upgraded to first degree murder.

Harris, Jr., is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday at 1 p.m.

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