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Cody Cashion (Source: Clark County Jail) Cody Cashion (Source: Clark County Jail)
Cody Cashion allegedly wrecked into a Clarksville Police officer's cruiser on Greentree Boulevard. Cody Cashion allegedly wrecked into a Clarksville Police officer's cruiser on Greentree Boulevard.
Police also believe Cashion caused a fire that killed three children January 4. Police also believe Cashion caused a fire that killed three children January 4.
Essie Beeler Essie Beeler

NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) - Juvenile records are sealed, but police and Cody Cashion's mother told WAVE 3 News Cashion's troubles with the law started well before his 18th birthday last September.

"Anger issues, I had him in counseling, he was in behavioral hospitals, more counseling, trying to keep him out of the juvenile system," Cashion's mother, Sally Reed said on January 8. "Right now, I'd love to be able to go to that jail and just choke him."

Cashion has been in the Clark County Jail since January 8, charged with attempted murder and resisting arrest after a collision with a Clarksville Police officer's cruiser on Greentree Boulevard. The officer, Jason Tackett is on temporary disability with a brace on his left leg and cracked ribs. Police said Cashion and a 16-year-old boy had borrowed a friend's SUV and were suspected of driving drunk when Tackett and other officers pursued them.

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"We won't be commenting on that case until the prosecutor has reviewed those charges," Clarksville Police Chief Mark Palmer said Tuesday. "But we're pleased to be able to help Floyd County in its investigation."

Chief Palmer won't say what that help was, but Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson told reporters Tuesday police believe a juvenile was with Cashion when, they allege, Cashion caused a fire that killed three children January 4. Cashion faces three counts of felony murder.

At the time of the fire, Cashion was out of the Floyd County jail on bond after being charged with theft four days before Christmas.

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"I couldn't believe he could do anything bad like that, I really couldn't," said Essie Beeler, a neighbor of Cashion's mother. "He didn't cause no trouble; not in this neighborhood anyway."

"We have no indication that he (Cashion) believed the house was occupied or that there were children inside," Henderson said. "The course of the investigation is such that it's far from over."

Reed said she's too upset to talk on camera about the arson-murder charges, but re-iterated statements she made last week.

"I love him, I'll stand by him, he's my son," Reed said. "I want to see him (in jail), but I'm afraid if I get to see him, I'll bust out crying."

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