Redding police said a son became so upset with his mother that he tried to set her on fire.
Nita Jimenez, 50, of Redding was looking for misplaced shoes in her home Wednesday night. She entered the room of her son, Kendal Gill, 20, to find them.
That angered Gill, according to police. He allegedly choked and beat his mother, police said.
The mother also claims that her son held her down, poured alcohol on her and tried to set her on fire, according to police. Officers who arrived at the home about 9:40 p.m. said they found evidence in the apartment supporting the mother's statement.
Her eight-year-old granddaughter forced herself in between Gill and Jimenez in an effort to stop the alleged assault. Jimenez suffered bruises.
Gill fled the home, climbing over several fences. Citizens called 911 to report Gill was hiding in a parked boat near a school. A police dog soon found Gill in an out building.
He was treated for dog bite and then booked into Shasta County Jail on suspicion of assault, child endangerment, attempted arson and resisting arrest.