Buffalo mom charged for leaving her kids at home after they were rescued from fire


BUFFALO, NY – Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 25-year-old Chelsea Patton of Buffalo was arraigned yesterday before Buffalo City Court Judge Lenora Foote-Beavers on three counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child (Class “A” misdemeanors).

It is alleged that on Monday, June 29, 2021, at approximately 9:41 a.m., the Buffalo Fire Department responded to a fire at a home on Goodyear Avenue. Three children were rescued as firefighters extinguished the flames in the bathroom. The defendant, who allegedly returned as crews worked to put out the blaze, is accused of leaving her children home alone during the incident.

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The children, ages 2, 3 and 5, were taken to Oishei Children’s Hospital for evaluation, but no injuries were reported. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Patton is scheduled to return on Thursday, July 29, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. for a pre-trial conference. She was released on her own recognizance as the charges are non-qualifying for bail.

DA Flynn commends the Buffalo Fire Department and the Buffalo Police Department for their work in the investigation.

As are all persons accused of a crime, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.