MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A Florida City mother is in trouble with the law after her 8-year old daughter severely burned herself after being left alone to watch over her younger siblings.
As the 8-year old recovers, her two younger siblings will stay with the grandmother, following a judge’s orders.
In court, the grandmother Marta Triminio Caballero begged for custody of the kids while the case makes its way through the legal system.
“I beg you,” said Caballero.
The grandmother is the legal guardian. She took custody of the kids because her daughter, 28-year old Heydi Teresa Triminio was facing deportation back to Honduras.
On Tuesday, police received a 911 call around 1:15 p.m. about a young girl who had burns all over her body.
When an officer arrived at 860 SW 2nd Street, he found a girl in her underwear with large severe burns on her chest and hand. The girl said she had been left alone for quite a while and was playing with a lighter when her shirt caught on fire.
The girl added that “I told my mommy to leave me and I would watch my brother and sister,” according to the police report. The girl’s sister is 4-years old, her brother eight months.
Heydi returned home about an hour later where she was questioned and later arrested on charges of neglect and culpable negligence.
Heydi says this was all a horrible accident. She says they were all sleeping and she ran out just briefly. That’s when the 8-year old was playing with the lighter.
Heydi is relieved that her kids will get to stay with their grandmother while she says the confusion is cleared up.
She and her kids came to the United States about a year ago. The different fathers of the first two kids were both shot and killed in Honduras. As for the father of the third child, the 1- year old, they were living with him when the accident with the lighter occurred.