Rescuers came across a disturbing sight when they responded to a call about a structure fire in Santa Paula, California on Sunday.
They discovered a three-year-old boy with a plastic bag over his head and his hands tied alone in a room. Firefighters also found Marical Magana, 47, inside the home. Magana was found tied to a bed.
Firefighters rescued both Magana and her three-year-old son and they were brought to a local hospital where they were treated for smoke inhalation.
An investigation is currently underway.
Police have yet to figure out a motive, but they did learn that Magana placed a plastic bag over her child’s head and tied his hands before putting him in a room by himself.
The 47-year-old was arrested and faces felony charges of child abuse and arson. She was being held on a $50,000 bail, but her bail was increased to $550,000.
She is expected to appear in court in the coming days.
“From a father’s perspective, I think it’s as tragic as can be,” Interim Police Chief Matthew Rodriguez said. “The child is three-years-old and from what I am told, very mature for three years old, very articulate and strong. But the word that comes to mind is tragic, across the board.”
This is a tragedy, it’s hard to believe, but this could have been so much worse. Thankfully firefighters reached the house just in time.
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