VALDOSTA, GA (WALB) - On Wednesday morning around 3:00, an alert resident saw a fire inside a house that's being built on Summer Hill Place.
Investigators determined it was arson, and found located evidence linking Jarod Medbery, 31, to the arson.
They discovered a small quantity of marijuana inside his home, and detectives learned that Medbery left his 4 year old child home unattended while he went to a convenience store.
Medberry was arrested and taken to the Lowndes County Jail, and will appear in the Lowndes County Magistrate Court this afternoon for an arraignment hearing where a bond will be considered.
"The loss suffered by the home builder is bad enough but I am thankful for the quick actions of the complainant who noticed the fire and called 911. Their actions no doubt saved this home from total destruction," said Sheriff Chris Prine.
Anyone with information on any crime can contact the Sheriff's Office at 229-671-2950; or anonymous tips can be provided at 229-671-2985.
Jarod Andrew Medbery faces charges of Arson, Criminal damage to property, Possession of marijuana, and Reckless conduct.