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Horror details after Navy sailor 'beats wife to death with hammer before setting home on fire with baby son inside' | The Sun

A NAVY sailor is being accused of murdering his wife in a jealous rage before setting their home on fire, court documents show.

George Dodson, 23, allegedly beat his wife to death with a hammer and set their Connecticut home ablaze where their baby son lay inside, police said.

Fire officials responded to reports of a structure fire in New London at around 10.30pm Wednesday.

Crews worked to extinguish the flames and heavy smoke when they found a 22-year-old woman on the first floor of the home.

Firefighters extracted her from the blaze where she was declared dead on the scene.

The victim's identity is being withheld until next of kin is notified of her death.

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They also found a baby boy who was in a crib on the second floor, WTNH reported.

The 13-month-old was rescued and was transferred to a local hospital to treat non-life-threatening injuries.

George Dodson, who had self-inflicted injuries, was confronted by police in the backyard of the home where he gave them a chilling message.

"I did this. I killed her," Dodson said according to court records.

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The sailor told police that he killed his wife out of jealousy, documents show.

"We opened up our relationship and she found another man she loved more and I could not stand the thought of it, so I killed her," Dodson reportedly told police.

He also told police that he started the first but did not injure the child.

Dodson was arrested before being hit with several charges.

The sailor has been charged with murder, criminal attempt at murder, criminal attempt as arson murder, first-degree arson, tampering with evidence, reckless endangerment, and cruelty to animals, WTNH reported.

Dodson is a second-class petty officer who joined the Navy in 2017, according to Navy spokesperson Lt Seth Koenig.

He has been assigned to the USS Newport News since 2019.

The News is homeported at the New London Naval Submarine Base.

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Dodson worked as an electronics technician for nuclear, Koenig said.

He appeared in court Thursday and is being held on a $3million cash bond.

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