Unrelated: Allegedly is a good word. I’m just sayin’. Remember, all these people are guilty until proven innocent, erm… Innocent until proven guilty. Though some work harder at proving their alleged innocence/guilt than others.
Note: Sources at the bottom. That’s just how I generally put blog posts together and if you don’t like that, let me know!
Warning: Angry Sarcasm Ahead.
It should be obvious not to leave young children at home without supervision. It should be even more obvious not to do so when said young children have access to something that they can use to make fire. But as we all know from reading this “Bad Breeders” blog, the obvious (not to mention common sense) concepts are not understood or are ignored by some people. In fact, they wouldn’t get those concepts if they were beaten in the face with them–or a brick, even. I like the brick idea.
Ruthie Lee Bell, 27, of Wichita, Kansas sits in jail now on a $75,000 bond for three counts of aggravated endangerment of a child. Now, I know that you’re wondering what the hell happened, but from not only my introduction, but the title of this post, you probably have a pretty solid idea of what came to be–but I’ll give you the details anyway. Nosy bastards. But that’s okay because I’m a nosy bastard too, else I would not have put this post together. So let me give you the timeline:
Thursday, July 11, 2013. Time: No Idea O’Clock
Ruthie leaves her home, leaving her three girls–ages 4, 6, and 7–hoe alone to do I-Couldn’t-Care-Less. Obviously it was so important that she couldn’t take the kids, and that it was worth risking their lives to go do whatever-the-frack she had to do. Probably grocery shopping. That sounds like something worth risking a child’s life over, right? Right?
Thursday, July 11, 2013: Time: Around 7pm
Ja’kara Tiora Lashon Dickson–the 6-year-old–was playing with a lighter that she managed to obtain. It is reported that she was in the bathroom, lighting some trash on fire. At some point, her clothing caught fire and she ran into a bedroom, removing her clothes and putting them on the bed. The bed caught fire and it quickly spread around the house. The smoke alarms went off. Luckily, neighbors heard the smoke alarms and came outside to see smoke coming from the house. 911 was called. Children could be heard screaming. When one tried to go through front door, it was locked so she went to the back and heard children screaming that they could not get out. Another neighbor said he heard terrible screams, and that one child was screaming about her sisters.
Firefighters showed up and got the children out of the house. Just as they were being loaded into ambulances, Ruthie arrived, driving through the front yards of neighbors and over a hose being used by the firefighters and got out of her vehicle screaming for her children. Why she was not arrested at that time is not known. She was arrested for unrelated charges along with child abandonment between July 11 and July 21, but was released on bond.
Two children, the 4-year-old and 7-year-old were released from the hospital the night that they came in, one having minor injuries and the other not harmed at all. Ja’kara remained in the hospital in critical condition having suffered from severe burns. The two children that were released were released to protective police custody.
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Ja’kara died from her injuries and burns.
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
A third child, a one-year-old boy, is removed from Ruthie’s (the family’s) care in connection with the house fire. So that leaves three children in protective custody, and one child dead. This is just… Beyond sad. I hope the children stay safe.
Monday, July 22, 2013
Ruthie Bell, who had been arrested prior and was released on bond, was again arrested–this time charged with three counts of child endangerment and has a bond of $75,000.
Edit/Update: Thanks to “LoveMybabies” for sending a picture of a source for Ruthie Lee Bell’s photo to be added!
A child is dead because of Ruthie Lee Bell’s actions. And while I truly think that this was not intended–was an accident, the fact is that Ruthie left these children at home with no one old enough to supervise them. I am (obviously) angry. She didn’t ask a neighbor to watch her children while she went to do whatever-the-hell-she-did. She didn’t get anyone to do that. And as if that wasn’t bad enough (and might not necessarily be so bad if this next fact didn’t exist), she did not remove any and all lighters from the access of these children. What else, I wonder, did these children have access to? So much was on Ruthie’s shoulders regarding prevention of this tragedy, and she neglected to prevent it. Surely she knew there was a lighter in the house? Regardless, the point still stands that one shouldn’t leave young children home alone without adult or responsible supervision (I add that last bit because a 16-year-old, as an example, isn’t an adult, but could still be responsible supervision of the young children).
And this isn’t the only case in which she got in trouble regarding the welfare of her children. In 2010 she was pulled over for driving with a suspended license and also ticketed for a child not wearing a seat belt.
I am thankful for the neighbors though, who heard the smoke alarm going off and saw the smoke and called 911. One of the first ones to notice mentioned that it was lucky that she was able to hear it, as she was downstairs in her home with the T.V. on and it was a very faint sound from where she was. But she is thankful, as I am, that she was able to hear it. This situation could have ended with even more tragedy. All of the children could have died.
Rest in peace, Ja’kara.
Edit: Here is a picture of the inmate information and charges since the link will no longer work once she is not in the Sedgewick County Jail. If I use jail info sources again, I’ll try to remember to post a screencap since it will change/no longer exist after a while.
Update July 24, 2013: KAKE News (source 13) reports that in Ruthie’s first court appearance on Tuesday July 23, she is facing 2 counts of Aggravated Endangering a Child, and is sitting with a $100,000 bond. Her next court appearance will be August 6.
 Mother Arrested Again After Child Dies In Fire – KWCH News
 Child Killed In House Fire Identified – KWCH News
 Ruthie Lee Bell – Sedgwick County Inmate Booking/Arrest Details
 Child Left Alone Dies After House Fire – NBC News
 Update: Mother of Child Killed In Fire Arrested – KAKE News
 Mother Of Girl Who Died Of Burns Is Charged With Child Endangerment – The Wichita Eagle
 Six-Year-Old Girl Who Was Burned In House Fire Last Week Dies – The Wichita Eagle
 Six-Year-Old Girl Who Died Of Injuries From House Fire Identified – The Wichita Eagle
 Wichita Mother Arrested On Child Endangerment Charges – KSN News
 Mother Of Child Killed In Southeast Wichita Fire Arrested – KFDI Radio FM 101.3
 Ja’Kara Tloria Lashon Dickson Obituary
 Third Child Removed From Mom – KSN News
 UPDATE: Mother Of Child Killed In Fire Makes First Appearance In Court – KAKE News