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2-year-old boy found alone in burning Long Beach apartment; mother arrested


A Long Beach woman was arrested Monday after her 2-year-old son was found alone in a burning apartment complex, authorities said.

Police were called to the apartment about 3 a.m. after firefighters had rescued the boy, who had sustained burns in the fire. They determined that the child had been left alone by his mother for several hours.

Patience Aruomah, 31, was arrested on suspicion of felony child abuse and was being held at the Long Beach City Jail on $100,000 bail. Her son was taken to a nearby hospital, where he was in critical condition.

The fire appeared to be accidental, authorities said.


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What could this mother be doing out at 3:00 a.m?
This just makes me ill. I hope, the county finds a suitable foster parent.

What kind of mother/parent is she? for leaving a 2-year old by himself? She should be in jail for sure . I'm glad that the firefighters was able to rescue the boy, although he is still injured. The boy deserved to have good parents who will take good care of him.

The sad part is foster care is no better. The best chance the boy can have is if extended family is allowed to keep him.

God bless, this little boy. And forgive his mother for her neglect. Hopefully the social system will help him.

There is the possibility she was at work right? I know so many struggling mothers who spend a majority of their time trying to find babysitters for their children while they go to work to try and support said children. I would have appreciated if the Times had gotten more information before publishing a news article practically persecuting this woman. It's just a sensational story....there's absolutely zero the public needs to know about this situation.

Yes, what could a 31 year old mother be doing, not at home, at 2:34AM?

Maybe she was at the store getting milk for her baby? Or looking for a job with health insurance and suitable childcare?


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