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Son arrested, charged with mother's murder, arson


A Gaston County man has been arrested on murder and arson charges after his mother died as the result of a fire at her home, according to the Gastonia Police Department.

The fire occurred just after 3:30 a.m. on October 11, at a home on W. McFarland Avenue in Gastonia.

When firefighters arrived on scene, they found the resident, Betty Jenkins, 68, in the front yard of the home.

Her son, Jerry Bryan Gibble, 47, was performing CPR on her when the officials arrived, police said.

Jenkins was taken to the Gaston Memorial Hospital, where she later died as a result of her injuries.

On Monday, October 21, the cause of the fire was determined to be arson, officials said.

Jerry Gibble was then arrested and charged with first degree murder and first degree arson.

Police say the investigation into the incident is on-going.

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