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Ruthie Bell “Allegedly” Leaves Kids Home Alone With A Lighter… And You Can Guess The Rest

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:

Ruthie Lee Bell

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.

[1] Mother Arrested Again After Child Dies In Fire – KWCH News
[2] Child Killed In House Fire Identified – KWCH News
[3] Ruthie Lee Bell – Sedgwick County Inmate Booking/Arrest Details
[4] Child Left Alone Dies After House Fire – NBC News
[5] Update: Mother of Child Killed In Fire Arrested – KAKE News
[6] Mother Of Girl Who Died Of Burns Is Charged With Child Endangerment – The Wichita Eagle
[7] Six-Year-Old Girl Who Was Burned In House Fire Last Week Dies – The Wichita Eagle
[8] Six-Year-Old Girl Who Died Of Injuries From House Fire Identified – The Wichita Eagle
[9] Wichita Mother Arrested On Child Endangerment Charges – KSN News
[10] Mother Of Child Killed In Southeast Wichita Fire Arrested – KFDI Radio FM 101.3
[11] Ja’Kara Tloria Lashon Dickson Obituary
[12] Third Child Removed From Mom – KSN News
[13] UPDATE: Mother Of Child Killed In Fire Makes First Appearance In Court – KAKE News

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  1. There are other words to use apart from the A-word. I don’t like it much either. You can use “according to police” “according to court documents” “seemingly” “apparently”, “according to news sources” Etc.
    Keep up the good work, and this woman is dumber than a box of rocks.

    1. Wow! It’s amazing that you saw this and were able to comment so quickly. I did update this with a picture that a friend of mine found and sent to me so that I would be able to get more information.

      And thank you for thinking my work is good 🙂

      1. It’s about 5pm here on the east coast of Australia, so I was just chilling here on BB lol.

        1. Oh okay! That makes more sense, haha. I’m in Kansas, USA and it is 2:24 am. I am shocked at how much I missed. I will have to do better next time. At least I managed to get more details in before anyone else read this 😛

  2. See, that’s the thing with kids. They are magnets for things that could hurt them. If there is one dangerous item in the house anywhere, even on the highest of high shelves, they will find it and mess with it. Every time. Which of course is why you need to WATCH THEM. Because they have neither the judgment nor the critical thinking skills to keep themselves safe. You need to do it for them. Yes, running errands with a bunch o’ small kids is a pain in the ass. It takes twice as long and there is usually whining involved. But personally, I’d rather put up with a tantrum or two in the cookie aisle than watch my child die in a burn unit.

    1. Gods. Just as a mom, the thought of something like this happening while I was gone terrifies me. Stories like this always reassure my belief to not leave a young child home alone. It’s tragic.

  3. The nearest grocery store is five doors down from my house, my 6 year old is a pretty smart cookie and good about not getting into stuff that isn’t hers. I will admit there have been times late at night when I’ve been home alone and she’s asleep that I’ve realised we urgently needed something important like toilet paper or bread and the thought has crossed my mind I could be gone to the store and back in ten minutes, possibly less, and nobody would be any the wiser. But I don’t because, well, that’s not what you do when you have kids is it?

    1. I will also admit that the thought crossed my mind when my child was sleeping and the gas station was a block away. But this was one time and I just wanted a soda. Though I wouldn’t be gone for long, I didn’t want to even risk something happening. Yeah, my child was asleep, but the thought that I wouldn’t be there on the off-chance that something MIGHT happen, scared me to death. Plus it was just a soda.The point became moot though because my sister (16 at the time) came home shortly after I’d even considered this so she watched my daughter, who was still asleep, as I went to get one.

      Nothing happened, of course, but that wasn’t the point. The point was that something *could* have happened. And if I had needed something I would have carried my daughter if my sister hadn’t been home, but in my case it wasn’t an important need.

      1. Whenever I have thought about leaving the sleeping kids for a sec the thing that has ALWAYS came to mind was what if there’s a fire.

        1. Same, like with some electrical issue, though we haven’t had any electrical issues in my home. Still, that was what came to my mind.

          1. That happened here a few years ago, woman left her kids home alone to go to the store and the apartment caught fire while she was gone. I think she had three children and two died. I remember the survivor being in hospital for months for burns treatment and skin grafts, one of the kids was only a little baby.

    2. Skye Belle Matilda Brand

      I’m really lucky that I have a great neighbour who pops over for me if I have such an emergency. It doesn’t happen often but three or four times I’ve called her & she has come over & waited at my house & made sure sleeping children didn’t come to any harm while I ran to the servo to grab milk or bread for breaky.

    1. Thank you! Updating!

      1. Yuck, she looks mentally deficient for sure. That slightly cross-eyed look, underdeveloped jawline. Probably explains why she thought it was a good idea to leave her kids home alone in the first place.

  4. Picture of Ruthie Bell

  5. She also is out of jail now…. Hopefully not in charge of small children

  6. I have pictures of the kids But I don’t know how to add them

  7. Here are all 4 of the kids

  8. Just the girls

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