A mother stands accused of making zero effort to rescue her screaming six-year-old daughter from a fire in her home as she, herself, fled.
32-year-old Erica Rosello allegedly left the property in Miami on Thursday night as the fire consumed her apartment, but chose to leave her daughter behind.
The fire is said to have spread after Ms. Rosello poured water on an oil fire in the kitchen.
She ran out of the apartment before flagging down a car and asking the driver to take her to a friend’s house.
Firefighters were called to the apartment and were able to break through a window to rescue the girl, who lay unconscious from smoke inhalation.
She was taken to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, but has since been released and is expected to make a full recovery.
Meanwhile, Rosello, who by this time was said to be at her friend’s house, called her mother, Angelica Tabio, crying and told her mother that her daughter had died.
The grandmother replied, ‘”What do you mean [she’s] dead? No, [she’s] here in the hospital.”‘
Rosello later arrived at the hospital and was promptly arrested.
She’s charged with child neglect and is not allowed to contact her daughter, who is now in the custody of Ms Tabio, or even to contact Tabio.
She openly wept in court on Sunday as she was told she could not see her daughter. She posted a $7,500 bond and is now under house arrest.
Miami-Dade firefighter David Arrencibia said he could hear the girl crying when he arrived at the home.
“The bed was literally two feet from the window, and I happened to see the little girl,” he said.
Realizing there was no time to wait for a ladder, he smashed a window and got his partner to lift him inside.
“I could tell she was unconscious,” he said.