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article imageBoy, 6, sets house on fire after left alone for being naughty

By Cynthia Trowbridge     Oct 5, 2012 in Crime
A six-year-old boy was left home alone while his mother went to a supermarket. The mother didn't take him with her because she was punishing him for being "naughty."
The boy was in his bedroom and set fire to the curtains in the room. The curtains then fell on the bed.
Prosecutor Mike Vittis told the court, “The child set fire to the curtains in his own bedroom, causing them to fall on to his bed and set it on fire. Smoke billowed out from the windows which alerted neighbours." According to yorkshireeveningpost.
With the front door being locked and the house becoming smoke filled the boy got to the kitchen and and was able to put his head out of the window.
Neighbors saw smoke billowing out the windows and tried to rescue the boy and called the fire brigade who rescued the boy.
The boy suffered smoke inhalation and was taken to Leeds General Infirmary and checked by doctors.
The boy's 29-year-old boy's mother was arrested by police. She appeared at Leeds Magistrates’ Court where she admitted to a child neglect charge following the fire in September.
After the investigation, it is believed the boy was home alone for approximately 45 minutes.
According to parent Prosecutor Mike Vittis told the court, "There he (the boy) made comments to the police that he had been naughty on that morning, which was why he had been left at home."
According to Mail Online, Ruth Bundey, mitigating, said the mother had never left her son in this way before.
For legal reasons the mother or the boy cannot be identified.
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