Father faces murder charges in fire

February 14, 2008 10:08:43 AM PST
A suburban father accused of setting his two sons on fire now faces murder charges. Prosecutors say Kaushik Patel is expected to be released from the hospital Wednesday and he will be taken into custody. He has been under constant police watch since November 18.

Investigators say Patel doused his sons with gasoline and set them on fire in a shower stall inside their Glendale Heights home. Patel was also injured.

Patel's 4-year-old son, Om, died in January. Seven-year-old Vishv is still hospitalized with severe burns.

The boy's father is charged with first-degree murder attempted murder and aggravated arson. He is scheduled to make his first court appearance tomorrow.