A Florida woman has been arrested and charged with child neglect after she allegedly left her daughter in her burning apartment, PEOPLE confirms.
On Thursday, Miami-Dade County authorities responded to a fire coming from the apartment of Erica Rosello, police tell PEOPLE.
Rosello tearfully made her first court appearance on Saturday, PEOPLE confirms.
Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Carlos M. Guzman read Rosello her charge and granted custody of the six-year-old girl to her grandmother, local news reports.
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According to arresting documents obtained by PEOPLE, a neighbor called authorities after he bumped into Rosello in her apartment complex’s hallway, on Feb. 18. The neighbor told authorities that as she was exiting the apartment he saw smoke coming out from under the door.
The witness told police that when he asked Rosello if there was a fire, she allegedly said, “No it’s not a fire,” the arresting documents state.
He then asked Rosello if anyone was inside the apartment. She allegedly said that the only person inside was her daughter. That’s when the witness pulled the fire alarm and called 911, the arresting documents report.
When Fire and Rescue arrived on the scene, the defendant allegedly fled the area.
Authorities saved the six-year-old girl through a bedroom window and transported her to Nicklaus Children’s Hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation, the documents state.
After her daughter was rescued, Rosello called her mother, Angelica Tabio, who asked her to come to the hospital to see her daughter. When she arrived, Rosello was arrested.
After Rosello’s bond court hearing on Saturday, Tabio told local media that her daughter suffered from postpartum depression. She said that Rosello decided to try and self-medicate using herbal teas and remedies.
“She decided on her own that the medication was not going to help her, that she was going to start with natural herbs, so she started taking natural tea, taking natural supplements,” she said. “She thought she was able to handle it by herself.”
Rosello’s daughter is expected to recover.