KEIZER, Ore. (AP) — Police say they have arrested on criminal charges the mother of a 4-year-old boy who died in an apartment fire in the small Willamette Valley community of Keizer, Oregon.
Niya Breann Sosa-Martinez was arrested early on Saturday on charges of second degree manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide, endangering the welfare of a minor, and second degree child neglect.
The 23-year-old Sosa-Martinez is also being held on a parole violation warrant.
Authorities did not identify the cause of the fire or how Sosa-Martinez was involved in it. Officials had said the woman was home with her son when the fire started, and she was able to escape the flames.
The 4-year old was identified as Andre Joaquin Sosa. Preliminary results of an autopsy indicate the cause of his death was smoke inhalation.
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