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FIRST ON 3: Rescued mom arrested for child neglect

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CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) - UPDATE:  Hours after being rescued from a burning apartment -- a Chattanooga woman has been arrested.

Yameka Ingram and her 4-year-old daughter were asleep, when their unit on Camden Oaks Drive began filling with smoke. A neighbor heard the alarm and called 9-1-1. Officials say the fire started from food being left on the stove. Firefighters say they banged on the door several times with no answer before going in.

The Chattanooga fire fighters who responded to the home Monday night didn't see or smell any smoke, they just heard a fire alarm going off inside.

"They walked around, looked in the windows and they were frosted over so you couldn't see inside," said Interim Fire Chief Chris Adams, Chattanooga Fire Dept.

Acting on their training and a gut feeling they decided to bust through the front door anyway. Sure enough there was a fire in the kitchen with heavy smoke throughout the house. Firefighters found 28-year-old Yameka Ingram unconscious in an upstairs bedroom. Just one room over they found her 4-year-old daughter in the fetal position moaning, according to police. Firefighters carried both mom and daughter out, reviving them with oxygen outside.

"Yes they said 10 more minutes and she wouldn't be here," said Robert Soloman, father of 4-year-old victim.

Robert Soloman says his 4-year-old daughter Monttasia is now being treated for smoke inhalation.

"She had black soot in her nose and ears and she's got asthma," said Soloman.

Ingram admitted to officers she had been drinking but couldn't say when or how much she had drink. Police say she was confused on the scene, unable to recognize her house was on fire or that fire fighters were present. She was taken to the hospital to be checked out then booked on a child neglect charge after police found several empty and open bottles of alcohol through out the house. According to the report: Police walked into the apartment and observed in the living room on a coffee table a half glass of what looked like wine, a 22 ounce bottle of bud ice with one ounce still in it, an empty bottle of mix tall malt liquor and on an end table an empty 1.75 liter bottle of pineapple liquor. Police also observed an empty shot glass lying on the foot of Ingram's bed.

"If we hadn't of intervened, I think it would have been tragic circumstances," said Interim Chief Adams.

Interim Chief Chris Adams says he is proud of the firefighters who made the life saving decision to go inside. Dad has just one message for those first responders to wanted to be sure everything was okay.

"I'm glad you listened to your gut thank you, thank you so much, thank you," said Soloman.

Soloman also wanted to thank the neighbor who called for help, starting the chain reaction that saved his little girl. Firefighters also saved the family's new dog who was found barking beside the 4-year-old, trying to alert danger. A judge did award Soloman temporary custody of his daughter early Tuesday morning. Ingram is being held on a $20,000 dollars bond.


UPDATE: Channel 3 has learned that Yameka Ingram, 28, was arrested this morning and faces one count of child neglect.

Ingram was rescued this morning with her child by Chattanooga firefighters in an apartment fire on Camden Oak Drive.

Upon arrival, Chattanooga police consulted with firefighters and were told they tried to arouse the apartment's occupants by banging on the door several times with no response.

Firefighters then breached the door to gain entry into the house.

Ingram was found partially-incoherent and wasn't aware her apartment was on fire.

The four-year-old, found in her bed room, was in a fetal position and moaning, according to police.

The fire started from a burner on a stove being left on for several hours.

Ingram was asked if she had been drinking by police, and police found several bottles and cans of partially consumed alcoholic beverages strewn around the house.

Ingram is being held on a $20,000 bond. She's due in court April 24 before Hamilton County General Sessions Court Judge Christine Sell.


PREVIOUS STORY: Smoke from a Monday night apartment fire on Camden Oaks Drive rendered a mother and daughter unconscious.

CFD spokesman Bruce Garner said in a news release that a neighbor heard a smoke alarm and called 911.

Firefighters arrived at the home just before midnight Monday and forced their way inside the home.

There, they found the 28-year-old mother on her bed, in a “semi-responsive” state.

Her daughter, four years-old, was found in a nearby bedroom, unresponsive on her bed.

The family's pet dog was on the bed with the child, barking at firefighters.

Firefighters carried the two victims out and administered oxygen.

CFD Captain Suttles said both victims were alert and talking within minutes of being removed from the apartment. They were then handed off to medics and were later transported to nearby hospital;s for examination and treatment.

Firefighters extinguished the fire in the kitchen. Captain Andrew Waters with the Fire Investigation Division ruled the cause of the fire accidental, from food being left unattended on the stove.

The fire investigation is underway.
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