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UPDATE: Woman arrested after abandoning baby and burning boyfriend's clothes

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UPDATE: Chattanooga police have arrested 28-year-old, Lureya Drew who they say set her boyfriend's home on fire, then left her baby behind.

Investigators say Drew set the fire in the backyard of her home Dodson Avenue Friday, after she became angry when her boyfriend did not come home.

Captain Anthony Moore, with the Chattanooga Fire Department, says a witness saw Drew outside threatening to hurt herself, and called 911. That witness then watched drew throw her boyfriend's clothes in the backyard.

Moore says the boyfriend's mother, who also lives nearby, noticed something was wrong.

"I don't know if she had a feeling that something was wrong and she went to check and sure enough the baby was in there, so she had the baby when our fire guys got there," Moore said.

Drew had left her 5 month old baby inside , just 10 feet away from the small fire.

Investigators believed Drew could have been a threat to herself and to others.

"We're trying to get this out there that hey we need to find her not only for the public's safety, but for her safety as well, because we don't want her to do anything to herself," Moore said.


PREVIOUS STORY: Chattanooga police and firefighters were dispatched to a small fire at 606 Dodson Ave. shortly after noon, Friday.

Firefighters say after reportedly becoming angry with her boyfriend, Lureya Deprise Drew gathered up the man’s clothes and a few other items and set them on fire in the backyard.

Drew then fled the scene, leaving her five-month-old baby behind.

Lureya Deprise Drew is described as:

  • 24 years old
  • Black female
  • 5'8' and 188 pounds

Chattanooga fire investigators are asking for help to locate Drew. Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Drew is urged to call the Chattanooga Police Department at (423) 698-2525.

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