Teen accused in fake stalker case now the subject of Hawkins arson investigation

Jeff Bobo • Jan 22, 2018 at 9:30 PM


ROGERSVILLE — The Hawkins County teen who was arrested last week accused of inventing a stalker to make death and bomb threats at the Rogersville daycare center where she worked is now a person of interest in an arson investigation.

HCSO Chief Deputy Tony Allen told the Times News Monday that Makayla Lashea Burrows has been interviewed by detectives related to a Friday morning fire in a laundry hamper at her residence in the St. Clair community north of Bulls Gap.

The investigating officer was going to seek guidance from the Attorney General how to proceed, Allen added.

Shortly before 9 a.m. Friday Deputy Jason Montgomery responded to a fire at the residence of Chase McClain, 1312 Rt. 113 in the  St. Clair community where a hamper full of clothes had reportedly been set on fire.

McClain stated that shortly after 8 a.m. he walked across the street to the store, and his girlfriend Burrows followed about 5-10 minutes later.

Burrows, 18, reportedly told McClain she'd forgotten her wallet at the residence and told McClain to go back to the residence and get the money.

"When Mr. McClain entered the residence he observed the residence to have a large amount of smoke," Montgomery stated in his report. "He proceeded to a spare bedroom and located a green clothes hamper containing various clothing to be fully engulfed in flames. Mr. McClain stated he then extinguished the flames with a bucket of water."

The burnt clothing was valued at $300, and property owner Heiskell Winstead Jr. reported the value of the smoke damage to the wall and ceiling at $200.

Burrows is currently free on $500 bond on two counts of felony filing a false report.

She was arrested last Thursday after allegedly sending herself and a coworker death threat messages via a bogus Facebook page and text messenger that she set up; as well as sending threats under the guise of her pretend stalker to blow up the Rogersville daycare where she was employed and kill everyone there.

She was scheduled for arraignment on the false report charges Monday in Sessions Court.

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