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

December 6, 2010 |  2:34 pm

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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