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 Sept. 29, the Denver District Attorney’s Office said.
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.
“She pulled up and she collapsed in the middle of the street and they took her in the ambulance,” Stringe said.
Friends said the boys were in critical condition. Arroyo-Reyes pleaded guilty to two counts of child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury. Besides the 10-day jail sentenced, she was placed on probation for four years.