Mom gets 10 days in jail after young sons had to be rescued from burning home
DENVER – A mother will spend 10 days in jail after her two young sons, who were home alone, had to be rescued from a burning apartment.
Rocio Arroyo-Reyes left the two boys, ages 3 and 5, alone at their apartment on South Eliot Street on September 29, according to the Denver District Attorney’s Office.
Firefighters found the boys during their second search of the home, about 15 minutes after crews arrived at the scene.
Investigators said they believed the boys were hiding.
Cellphone video captured the chaotic moments as firefighters unexpectedly discovered the little boys inside the burning apartment.
“Here, give him to me!” yelled an unidentified firefighter as he grabbed one child and raced to get him help.
“He had the baby in his arms. Then, he ran the baby 100 yards down there,” witness David Hinojoso said. “Then, they gave him [an oxygen] mask.”
“They didn’t look too good, but hopefully, they’re all right. They’re just little babies,” said another witness, Jarred Stringe.
At the time, Arroyo-Reyes worked at a McDonald’s across the street. Her co-workers called to tell her that her home was on fire and she raced home, FOX31 Denver’s Tammy Vigil reported.
“She pulled up and she collapsed in the middle of the street and they took her in the ambulance,” Stringe said.
Friends told FOX31 Denver that they boys were in critical condition.
Arroyo-Reyes pleaded guilty to two counts of child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury.
She was sentenced to 10 days in jail and four years of probation.