7-YEAR OLD BOY FLEES BURNING HOUSE IN COCOA
By Space Coast Daily // June 8, 2014
FATHER ARRESTED on charges of child neglect
BREVARD COUNTY • COCOA, FLORIDA – Richard Hill, 34, was arrested by the State Fire Marshal on charges of child neglect after leaving his 7-year-old son home alone during a fire Sunday morning about 12:30 a.m.
The boy escaped the blaze, which gutted the house located on the corner of Lake View Boulevard and North Denton Circle, in Cocoa. He then bolted to a nearby Kangaroo convenience store and made contact with the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office.
According to the Fire Marshal, the boy was left unattended for more than an hour, and the fire was sparked by a candle in the boy’s bedroom. Candles were being used because the home had been without power since Friday.
During the fire Hill claimed he was at the IHOP about 1/2 mile away.
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