Wichita mother charged with aggravated child endangerment

Ruthie Lee Bell (KSN File Photo)

WICHITA, Kansas – A Wichita mother was charged Tuesday in Sedgwick County Court.

Ruthie Lee Bell is charged with three counts of aggravated child endangerment after a fire took the life of her daughter, Jakara Dickson.

Dickson died nearly two weeks ago in a house fire in the 3900 block of East Countryside.

She and her two sisters, ages 4 and 7, were left home alone when the fire started.  Officials say Dickson started the fire.  Neighbors rushed to their rescue.

Bell was arrested Monday.

A judge set her bond at $100,000.

Bell’s next court appearance is set for August 6th.



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