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Man charged in Pa. child's arson death found dead

Friday, December 07, 2012

A man jailed who allegedly set a fire that killed a central Pennsylvania toddler last month has been found hanged in his county jail cell.

Blair County Deputy District Attorney Wade Kagarise tells the Altoona Mirror 62-year-old Aaron Dishong died early Friday.

Warden Michael Johnston did not immediately return a request for comment.

Dishong was ordered Wednesday to stand trial for the Nov. 15 blaze that killed 3-year-old Darrel Etchison Jr. in Altoona. The boy's mother and little sister escaped the blaze.

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nvestigators say Dishong was irate an ex-girlfriend he believed was in the house was dating a black man. Authorities say the woman had left the night before.

A neighbor testified Dishong told her he'd set the fire, but police recorded a call in which Dishong said he hired a Ku Klux Klansman to do it.

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