HIALEAH (CBSMiami) – A Hialeah family is staying with relatives after their home was set on fire. Police believe the man responsible is the father of the young girl who lives in the home on 29th Lane.

The Borroto family was in Key Largo Saturday night when they received a call letting them know their home was full of smoke.

“She has nothing. She has whatever she took with her on her vacation that’s all she has,” relative Barbara Morales said Sunday of the 10-year-old girl who lives in the house.

The young girl, along with her mother Caridad and grandmother Francisca, were not home at the time.

“I miss my home,” Caridad Borroto said in sign language. She is deaf. She collects a disability check each month to support her and her daughter. Now, she says, she has nothing.

“Who does that who does that to a 10-year-old?” Morales said. “Who does that to two women who have done absolutely nothing wrong to anyone ever. It’s sad.”

Police have arrested 48-year-old Joel Martos.

Carida Borroto says he’s her ex-boyfriend and the father of her daughter.

She recently filed a restraining order against him.

“He’s crazy. He’s never changed and he’s never going to,” Morales translated as Borroto signed.

Martos is charged with 1st degree arson, burglarly and aggravated stalking.

He’s also accused of violating the restraining order Borroto filed against him.

The family is staying with relatives until their home can be cleaned and repaired.

They say it will take a while since they’re living on a fixed income.

If you’d like to make a donation, contact Barbara Morales at bmiafl@gmail.com


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