LONG BEACH (AP) — Long Beach police say the mother of a toddler rescued from a burning apartment building has been arrested for allegedly leaving him unattended for several hours.

Investigators say it appears the early Monday fire was started by an electrical problem in the kitchen and it caused about $100,000 in damage.

KNX 1070’s Ron Kilgore Reports

Firefighters told City News Service the 2-year-old boy was in critical but stable condition and showing signs of improvement.

Fire Capt. Rich Brandt says a firefighter searching for the boy fell through the floor up to his elbows but pulled himself up and found the child.

Police say 31-year-old Patience Aruomah was booked several hours after the fire was extinguished on suspicion of felony child abuse.

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Comments (3)
  1. d mexican says:

    the parents left their child??

    1. mister s says:

      Looks that way. But lets not jump to such a harsh conclusion. Maybe the parents were out for the evening and another small child was left in charge. After the matches they were playing with started the fire, these “other family members” ditched their younger sibling and ran? Just a theory.

  2. c-gas says:

    She was probably out somking crack and weed, and drinking cheap liquor. I know that complex well. It;s just like the projects. They should take her kid away forever and have her tubes tied. She no doubt was collecting food stamps and welfare; take that away also.

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