Police find baby in filthy home while arresting man for arson - WKRN News 2

Police find baby in filthy home while arresting man for arson

Posted: Updated: Oct 4, 2013 10:34 AM CDT
Steven Horner, 21, is accused of breaking into a funeral home and setting 17 fires. Steven Horner, 21, is accused of breaking into a funeral home and setting 17 fires.
The break-in and fires happened during the early morning hours of September 8. The break-in and fires happened during the early morning hours of September 8.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

The search for a burglary and arson suspect ended with an additional charge of child neglect for a Madison man.

Metro police uncovered unsanitary and unsafe conditions Thursday night at Steven Horner's home on Comanche Run in the Woods of Neely's Bend subdivision.

According to a police report obtained by Nashville's News 2, Horner shared a bedroom in the home with a 7-month-old child.

Officers saw trash and clothes throughout the residence, which had a pungent odor of urine and feces.  The house was also said to be infested with roaches, spiders and flies.

A search of the home also revealed a razor blade in the hallway and two bottles of pesticide in the kitchen easily accessible to children, along with molded food waste and feces in a back bedroom.

In the room shared by Horner and the baby girl, officers reported seeing a medical toilet with old urine and feces in it.

The Department of Children's Services and Youth Services was notified.

Horner, 21, was taken into custody outside the home.

The search for Horner was the result of multiple outstanding warrants, including burglary and arson of a funeral home.

In the early morning hours of September 8, Horner allegedly broke into Spring Hill Funeral Home on Gallatin Pike and set 17 fires.  Damage was estimated to be in excess of $500,000.

Police say he also stole computers, palm pilots and other electronics from the funeral home, totaling more than $2,500.

Fingerprints found at the business matched Horner, who later admitted to burglarizing the funeral home and setting the fires.

He is charged with child neglect, aggravated burglary and aggravated arson.  He was also charged with criminal impersonation after giving officers a fake name prior to his arrest.

His collective bond for all charges is $100,000.

Horner also has warrants from Robertson and Sumner counties.

The condition and whereabouts of the 7-month-old girl, or any other children in the home, were not immediately known.

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