Oregon teen accused of killing family cat, setting fires

TIGARD, Ore. (AP) - Washington County authorities say a suburban Portland teen accused of starting several fires at his home and killing the family cat has been arrested.

Court papers say the 18-year-old's mother told a sheriff's deputy this week that her son admitted killing the pet, had been lighting fires in his room and started another fire on a dog kennel fence near their Tigard-area house.

The parents found the dead cat under their bed.

The Oregonian reports that William Nelson was booked into the county jail for investigation of arson and aggravated animal abuse.