A 66-year-old man has been booked on suspicion of first-degree arson in connection with a February fire that left his wife fighting for her life and their daughter injured.
Carl Bohm was booked into Douglas County Jail on Thursday, the day he was released from the hospital, where he’d been since the Feb. 25 fire at the family’s home at 3742 Himebaugh Ave.
His wife, Janet Franks-Bohm, 57, remains hospitalized at St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center in Lincoln, which specializes in treating burn patients. She suffered severe burns on more than 60 % of her body. According to the family’s GoFundMe page, her recovery has had ups and downs and brushes with death, but she is doing well. She is listed as in fair condition at St. Elizabeth.
The couple’s daughter, Amanda, was hospitalized for two days with much less serious burns. She had been closer to the door of the home and was able to get out more quickly. According to the GoFundMe page, Amanda has since graduated from high school and found a job.
The case remains under review, said Omaha Police Information Officer Phil Anson. It’s possible that other charges will be sought at a later date, Anson said.
Amanda Bohm has said she saw her father hold a lighter over gasoline that had been poured on the garage floor and then flick it. Gigantic flames ensued.
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