Woman charged after son is found tied up in burning home with bag on his head

A California woman was arrested Monday after authorities found her 3-year-old son tied up inside a burning home with a plastic bag over his head, authorities said.

Firefighters in the Southern California city of Santa Paula also found the woman, Marcela Magana Ruiz, 47, bound in her bedroom, police said in a statement.

Marcela Magana Ruiz.Santa Paula Police

Magana Ruiz was booked early Monday on suspicion of child endangerment after she allegedly tied the boy up in his bedroom and put the bag over his head, the statement and jail records say.

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The cause of the fire remained under investigation, the statement said. It wasn’t clear why or how Magana Ruiz was also bound.

A detective with the Santa Paula Police Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The department said authorities were called to the home in Ventura County, north of Los Angeles, after a 911 report of a structure fire on Sunday night shortly after 6 p.m local time.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze and Magana Ruiz and her son were treated for smoke inhalation at a local hospital.

It wasn’t immediately clear if Magana Ruiz has a lawyer. Jail records didn’t list one.

An official with the Ventura County Jail said Magana Ruiz had been released on $50,000 bail.