Charges: Father had argued with daughter before fire that killed her

The 22-year-old died in the fire.
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Murder charges against a Paynesville father state he had argued with his daughter prior to allegedly setting the fire that killed her.

John Newport, 46, has been charged with 2nd-degree murder without intent in the death of his 22-year-old daughter Jamey Newport on Tuesday evening.

Jamey Newport was found in the bathroom of the trailer at 420 Minnie Street after gasoline had been poured in the property and set alight. Despite lifesaving efforts, she was confirmed dead at a local hospital.

The criminal complaint against John Newport says that there was evidence that John Newport had "been in an argument" with his daughter "around the time of the fire."

"Officers located a Facebook post where the defendant expressed his intent to burn down the mobile home," it said.

Jamey Newport called 911 after the fire was set, and could be heard screaming and yelling for help, saying she couldn't get out, shortly before the line went dead.

A police officer who arrived at the scene could hear screaming from inside the trailer, and tried to reach Jamey Newport along with a fire extinguisher.

It was at this point though that the mobile home became fully engulfed, and became "overwhelming" for the officer, who had to retreat.

He then came across John Newport, who had broken open a window and was yelling Jamey Newport, trying to get into the front door but immediately exiting, before trying to get through the window.

He was restrained by police, who noted he was covered in soot and had blood on his arms and hands.

After the fire was extinguished and Jamey Newport taken to a hospital, the Deputy State Fire Marshal John Steinbach found evidence of an accelerant in the form of a gas can inside the home near the front door. A lighter was also found outside the house.

John Newport is being held in Stearns County Jail after being charged, and was treated for injuries at the St. Cloud Hospital.

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