Mom Arrested After Fire With 4 Children Home Alone

A 29-year-old mother of four has been arrested after a fire broke out at her Corpus Christi apartment while she had left the children home alone.

Roxanne Blanco was held in the Nueces County Jail under $40,000 bond Thursday.

Police say her four children -- ages 9, 6, 5 and 2 -- were taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries suffered Monday when they jumped from a second-floor window.

The Corpus Christi Caller-Times reports arrest documents show witnesses saw Blanco arrive at the apartment after the fire had started.

She's charged with suspicion of four counts of endangering of a child and negligence and four counts of abandonment and criminal negligence. Child Protective Services officials say she has previous cases of child neglect.

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