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UPDATE: Son dies following Winston County fire, father accused of starting it

A son has died following a fire in Winston County, which his father is accused of starting.

Posted: Jul. 17, 2018 10:40 AM
Updated: Jul. 17, 2018 7:58 PM

Editor's Note: This article has updated to include new information. 

WINSTON COUNTY, Miss. (WTVA) - A son has died following a fire in Winston County, which his father is accused of starting. 

Winston County Chief Deputy Keith Alexander confirms the son of Fred Eiland passed away Tuesday morning in a Jackson hospital. 

The son died from burn injuries. 

Winston County Sheriff Jason Pugh identifies the son as 17-year-old Lil'Freddius Eiland. 

Fred Eiland is accused of setting fire to a building with his family inside on Friday, July 13 on Mount Olive Road.

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Eiland's wife, Merredyth Eiland, 45, died after the incident. A daughter and her boyfriend survived with non-life-threatening injuries.

He's also accused of leading officers on a chase. Ultimately, he was arrested. 

When asked why he allegedly set fire to the building with his family inside, officers say Eiland gave no immediate reason.

Pugh says this appeared to be a domestic situation. 

Eiland appeared in court Monday where he was charged with capital murder, arson and three counts of aggravated assault. 

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Since his son's death, charges have been upgraded.

"We have upgraded that to two counts of capital murder and two counts of aggravated assault and arson," said Sheriff Pugh.

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