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KY: Man rejected on Facebok sets home on fire

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Social media can lead to great new connections and it can also bring unwanted attention.

A Kentucky man is facing charges of burglary and arson after burning down the house of a woman who rejected him on Facebook.

"I definitely hate to see this for my sister,” Samantha Beagle, who is the sister of 22-year-old Joanie Yount

A young mother and her 3-year-old son left without a place to live just days before Christmas.

"My husband actually pushed the front door open and we had to jump off the front porch,” Beagle said. “Smoke was just rolling out.”

Beagle and her husband had tried to save her sister's home, but it was too late. What's worse- police said what happened on Hillview Drive was no accident.

"This is one of those tragic situations where somebody is now without a home and for such a minor reason,” Frankfort Police Major Robert Warfel said. “It's disturbing."

Warfel said Yount was being harassed online by 37-year old James Graham. He's now charged with burglary and arson.

"She had some comments posted by this individual on her Facebook page about some pictures she had,” Warfel said. “She rebuffed those and it's kind of what set this all in motion.”

"It got to the point that she was very aggravated,” Beagle said.

She said there was no relationship.

Graham was a friend of a friend and Yount, who was a busy single mom simply wasn't interested.

"She doesn't want a relationship. She just wants people to leave her alone,” Beagle said. “When it comes to stuff like that, either be decent or don't bother her at all.

Police said Graham didn't back off.

On Nov. 28, already in the neighborhood to visit a friend, Graham ended up at the home/

Police said he found an unlocked door, let himself in and then entered Yount's bedroom, starting a fire that would destroy most of the home.

"If you look in there, there is no floor and no ceiling,” Beagle said.

Yount's sister said it's tough to look at, even harder to imagine 'what if'

"I just wonder what if she was in there. What he would have done to her if she was lying in her bed before he set the house on fire,” Beagle said.

Because of smoke and water damage, there's no floors or ceilings in some of the rooms. The victim and her son have had to move out. The pair is staying with family.

Yount, who did receive help from the Red Cross, has picked up a second job to help replace the Christmas for her 3-year-old after the presents that were lost in the fire.

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