Man accused of trying to set baby on fire at New York truck stop

Tyre, N.Y. — A 28-year-old man was arrested Tuesday after officials say he doused a 1-year-old with a flammable liquid and tried to set the baby on fire at a truck gas and service station in Seneca County.

The 1-year-old was taken to Geneva General Hospital. A 4-year-old was found in the man’s truck possibly with head injuries. That child was airlifted to Strong-Memorial Hospital in Rochester.

Both children, a boy and girl, are expected to make full recoveries, said Seneca County Sheriff W.

Timothy Luce at a news conference Wednesday.

The truck driver, Jamie Avery Jr., 28, of West Palm Beach, Florida, set several fires at 5:30 a.m. at the Loves Truck Stop at 1262 Route 414, Luce said at a news conference Wednesday. The business is just off Exit 41 (Waterloo – Clyde) of the Thruway.

Employees called 911 and officers rushed to the scene, Luce said. Avery, who works as a truck driver, was taken into custody without incident, he said.

Luce said another person was also detained but deputies have not yet released their identity.

No charges have been brought against the second person yet, he said.

Once the two were detained a suspicious device was found in the men’s bathroom of the truck stop, Luce said. The building was evacuated and the Monroe County Bomb Squad was brought, he said.

After four hours the device was found to not be explosive, he said.

After the bomb was determined to not be a threat, the 4-year-old was found abandoned in the cab of Avery’s tractor-trailer, he said.

The officers had to force their way into the cab, he said.

It has yet to be determined the relationships between the children and adults, he said. The children are in the custody of the Seneca County Division of Human Services, he said.

The truck stop received minor damage, he said.


Timothy Thompson, a sheriff’s office investigator on the case said the scene was described as “chaotic” by the officers first on the scene.

“It definitely hits home for those of us who have children,” said Thompson. “These cases take a toll”

Avery was charged with attempted aggravated murder, second-degree attempted murder, second-degree arson, second-degree attempted arson, and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child, Luce said.

Additional charges could be added at a later date for both suspects, he said.

Avery is being held on £100,000 cash and £200,000 bond, he said.

He will appear in court on Friday, he said.