ELIZABETH — A Roselle Park woman accused of setting fire to her apartment and leaving her two-year-old daughter unattended inside earlier this year has been indicted, acting Union County Prosecutor Grace H. Park announced Monday.
Murlande Colin, 27, is charged with second-degree aggravated arson and second-degree endangering the welfare of a child.
On July 9, the building superintendent of the Woodside Gardens apartment complex in Roselle Park called 9-1-1 after spotting smoke coming out of Colin’s home. Before the arrival of first responders, the superintendent and two passersby entered the apartment unit and found the young victim alone in a bedroom, next to a bed where a hot iron was left smoldering atop of a pile of clothing.
The toddler was rushed to a local hospital for treatment of injuries. The superintendent also discovered smoldering clothes and other flammable items on top of a lit stove in the smoke-filled kitchen of the apartment unit.
Authorities located Colin in a nearby town several hours later, and a subsequent investigation determined that she had set the fire and left the scene, officials said. She is facing a sentence of up to 20 years in prison.
These criminal charges are mere accusations. Each defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
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