3-Year-Old Starts Fire With Microwave While Home Alone With 1-Year-Old

Follow KDKA-TV: Facebook | Twitter

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) – Police say a Florida mother was miles away from her home when her 3-year-old child started an apartment fire while using a microwave.

The News Herald reports that management at a Panama City apartment complex saw a trail of smoke coming from a unit Tuesday. Inside, they found two children – ages 1 and 3 – who were unattended.

A police report says the 3-year-old overcooked some food in the microwave, causing the small fire, which filled the apartment with smoke. The report says the children had been left without adequate food.

Neither child was injured.

Police found their mother, Dionzia Johnson, some 3 miles away. She’s been charged with two felony counts of child neglect. Johnson says her car had broken down and she couldn’t get back to her children.

(Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

More From CBS Pittsburgh

Get The All New CBS Local App
KDKA Weather App
CBS All Access

Watch & Listen LIVE