SEVIERVILLE (WATE) - A Sevierville woman is charged with attempting to set her five-week-old baby on fire, the sheriff announced Monday.
Becky A. Eury, 29, is charged with reckless endangerment and setting fire to personal property. More charges are likely to follow.
Officers responded to a domestic disturbance call in the 5500 block of Henry Town Road on Saturday, May 8 at 8:44 p.m.
They found a car seat that was partially burned. They say the baby's father, Ivan Eury, had to call police after his wife set it on fire while the baby was strapped in.
Ivan Eury now has his hands full. He's taking care of his five-week-old son, Cody James, and three-year-old son, Hunter, as his wife sits in jail.
"I feel like a part of me is sitting in jail with her," said Ivan Eury.
Deputies say they had already gone to the house earlier that day. Ivan had called them worried that his wife was acting strange.
Ivan said he tried to get her to check into a hospital, but she refused to stay.
"I got her to the hospital and they let her out because of the HIPAA laws," said Ivan Eury.
A few hours after that, investigators say she was attempting to set fire to her baby in the car seat of their truck.
Detective James Breeden with the Sevier County Sheriff's Office says the family had gone out for a drive. Ivan Eury had left the truck for a few minutes when Becky Eury set the baby's car seat on fire.
They say she tried to get her other 3-year-old son, Hunter, to help her.
"She was actually coercing the other son to burn the car seat as well as burn the child," said Det. Breeden.
Ivan and Becky Eury have been together for 12 years. Ivan Eury says in that time, she's only behaved strangely this past week.
Investigators think post-partum depression may have had something to do with Becky Eury's sudden, strange behavior. They say at this point, that is pure speculation.
Becky Eury was arraigned on her charges Monday and she has a hearing set for June 18. She's being held without bond.
Anyone with additional information about this case is asked to call Detective James Breeden at (865)428-1899.