WILLITS, Mendocino County (CBS / AP) — A Northern California woman has pleaded not guilty to charges that she tried to kill her bedridden son by setting the Willits house she was about to lose to foreclosure on fire.

Nancy Jo McGinty was arraigned in Mendocino County Superior Court Friday on charges of arson and attempted murder.

The 51-year-old real estate agent was arrested a week ago in the Bay Area, where she moved with her 31-year-old son after the December blaze destroyed their home.

The son is paralyzed and brain injured from a Jeep crash six years ago. Neighbors rescued him after several propane tanks McGinty allegedly placed in the dwelling exploded.

Authorities allege that McGinty, under the financial and emotional stress of caring for her son, originally had planned to kill herself, too.

(Copyright 2011 by CBS San Francisco. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services may have contributed to this report.)

Comments (2)
  1. ANGEL says:

    nancy always said that michael that no one will ever get michael cuz hes the only one can tell you that her brother was driving the night michael got hurt in his car accident when thay crashed the jeep in 2003 in willits cuz her brother was under the influence of meth you can do a hair sample on him his girlfriend no’s evertyhing nancy wants her to keep her mouth shut i no alot but i want my name to be not spoke of please i dont like the way nancy to come after me an my family thanks

  2. BARB says:


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