NH man indicted on felony arson charges

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DOVER, N.H. (MyFoxBoston.com) -- A 19-year-old New Hampshire man who is accused of setting fire to a home while a mother and her children were inside was indicted on felony arson charges recently.

In April, Shawn Hoyt, of Dover, was charged with arson. Investigators allege Hoyt intentionally set fire to a single family home in Dover. The fire broke out just before 9 p.m. April 22.

The mother and her four children inside were able to escape the house. No injuries were reported.

In July, Hoyt was indicted by a grand jury on a Class A felony arson charge and a Class B felony charge, according to Foster's Daily Democrat. The Class A charge carries up to 15 years in prison, and the Class B felony charge has a maximum penalty of seven years in prison. Each also carries up to $4,000 in fines.

Officials report that the fire caused approximately $200,000 in damage to the property.

"He's mentally challenged, he's got learning disabilities. He just wants to be accepted, but he's always getting picked on," Hoyt's mother said in court back in April.