WICHITA, Kan. - The mother of three children, injured in a fire earlier this month in the 3900 block of east Countryside, has been arrested. One of those children, a girl, 6, died from her injures last Sunday.
According to jail records, the children's mother, Ruthie Lee Bell, was arrested Monday on three counts of Aggravated Child Endangerment. She is being held on a $75,000 bond. Investigators with the Exploited and Missing Children's Unit say the case has been handed over to the District Attorney's office.
The fire happened July 11. Investigators say the fire was caused by a girl, 6, playing with a lighter. Two other girls were treated for injuries and released from the hospital.