Kid Starts Fires, Woman Arrested

Nora Soto-Cordova. Independent/SHTPD

A seven-year-old boy, home alone in Northampton, started two different fires on Saturday night, September 29, but fortunately both were extinguished before causing serious damage.

At approximately 10:45 PM that night, Southampton Town police responded to a house fire and an unidentified man told officers the child was alone in the house at the time. At one point, flames flared in the boy’s bedroom and the kitchen, but by the time the Riverhead Fire Department arrived, both fires had been extinguished.

Police did not say if the fires were put out or simply died out. Police ascertained that Nora Soto-Cordova, 32, was supposed to be watching the youngster but instead left the premises.

Soto-Cordova was charged with endangering the welfare of a child, who was turned over to Child Protective Services.

Police did not reveal the relationship between Soto-Cordova and the child but classified the crime as a “domestic” incident. Police could not confirm how many people live at the home.

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