Burglary suspect flees Bexar deputies, sets fire with toddler in home

Ronald Brid­gewater, 39, charged with enda­ngering child

SAN ANTONIO - Burglary suspect Ronald Bridgewater, 39, is accused of putting his own 2-year-old daughter in danger during his attempt to run from sheriff's detectives, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Bridgewater was arrested Thursday on charges of burglary and endangering a child in connection with the Nov. 15 incident.

The affidavit stated that Bexar County sheriff’s detectives went to Bridgewater’s home in the 4200 block of Treehouse Street after obtaining evidence that he had pawned items stolen during a home burglary on Nov. 2.

Detectives said they attempted to question Bridgewater and asked to search his home, but he ordered them off his property.

He also mentioned that he was home alone with his young daughter, the affidavit stated.

After investigators left, a detective who remained behind to monitor Bridgewater’s home, saw him scale a fence and drive off in his truck, the affidavit stated.

He then noticed what appeared to be fire in the back of the house and smoke filling the inside.

Detectives said they started to chase Bridgewater, but then recalled that he said his daughter was inside the home.

They said after they returned to the home, they noticed a woman exiting through the front door.  

The affidavit stated that detectives also found a 2-year-old girl sleeping inside a bedroom.

According to the affidavit, detectives believe Bridgewater set fire to items in his backyard, steps away from his back door.  

They said he then left the door open, allowing his home to fill with smoke while his wife and daughter were inside.

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