Wichita mother arrested on child endangerment charges

3900 Countryside Fire

WICHITA, Kansas – It’s been more than a week since a deadly house fire took the life of a young girl, and Monday her mother was arrested.

The fire broke out on July 11th in the 3900 block of East Countryside

The Exploited and Missing Child Unit presented the case to the Sedgwick County District Attorney’s office and around 11 a.m.

Police arrested 27-year-old Ruthie Lee Bell shortly after.

She is the mother of 6-year-old Jakara Dickson.

Jakara died over a week ago in a house fire officials say she started.

Officials say that she and her two sisters, ages 4 and 7, were left home alone when the fire started.

Bell was arrested on suspicion of three counts of aggravated child endangerment

On the night of July 11th, Bell was arrested on suspicion of child abandonment and unrelated charges but was released.

The Exploited and Missing Children’s unit has investigated the case and has presented the case to the district attorney’s office.

DA Mark Bennet will then decide if she will face charges for child endangerment or possibly the death of her daughter.

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