Samantha Beaubriant of Lauderhill, Florida was arrested Thursday after she left her seven-year-old brother home alone, news sources report. The boy did not know how to turn on the home's lights, so he lit a match and inadvertently caught himself on fire. The victim sustained second-degree burns on 10 to 15% of his body as a result, paramedics say. Beaubriant, 21, was booked into the Broward County Main Jail on charges of child neglect. It is unclear whether she qualified for bail. The press did not specify an attorney for Beaubriant.
According to reports, the victim walks to his home at the Fairways of Inverrary apartment complex each day after school. The victim's mother does not get out of work until later in the evening, so he stays at Beaubriant's apartment down the hall until the mother comes home. On Thursday, the victim arrived to the apartment complex, but Beaubriant was not at home, sources say.
The victim took the elevator to his own home and made his way inside through the front door, which was unlocked. Reports say the victim did not known how to turn on the home's lights, so he found and lit a match. The lit match set fire to the victim's clothing, reports say. The victim went back into the hall and a complex maintenance worker found him. "Maybe 5 or 10 minutes after he burned himself, he was crying and scared to call the police," the maintenance workers said. "But I saw [he] was red. His whole body was red."
Paramedics rushed the boy to the Broward Medical Center. The boy reportedly sustained second-degree burns over a portion of his body. Detectives spoke with Beaubriant after discovering that she was responsible for the boy at the time of the accident. Beaubriant purportedly told officers that she had informed a neighbor that she would not be home to watch the victim that afternoon; however, Beaubriant later recanted that statement. It is unclear where she was at when the accident happened.
In other news involving children, Jamie Sue Bledsoe of Brooksville was arrested after she allegedly used her infant son's name to open a cable account. Bledsoe, 29, was booked into police custody on charges of identity theft of a juvenile. It is unclear whether she qualified for bail or hired legal representation.
According to reports, detectives were tipped off in February that Bledsoe might have used her baby's identity to create an account with cable company Bright House Networks. Police launched an investigation and found that Bledsoe did have an account with the company under her son's name.
Sources say Bledsoe provided the man who installed the system with her son's name and used her I.D. as verification. The man reportedly did not notice that the name Bledsoe signed on the documents was different from the name on her license. Detectives confronted Bledsoe about the alleged identity theft and she admitted to using her son's name. It is not clear why she did not use her own name for the cable contract.