Teen ‘mom’ sets home on fire with infant daughter inside, sends pics of blaze to boyfriend: Police

A Texas mother allegedly set her home on fire with her 2-month-old daughter inside because she was angry with the child’s father.

According to the San Antonio Express-News, Israel Reyes, 18, got into an argument with her boyfriend Tuesday. The boyfriend reportedly left the home at around 1 p.m. to get formula and returned an hour later to discover a destroyed television and Reyes nowhere to be found.

Authorities claimed that Reyes became increasingly upset throughout the day and continued to destroy items. KABB reported that the boyfriend left the home twice and called police to conduct a welfare check on Reyes and their infant child. Reyes wasn’t removed from the home on either instance, reports revealed.

While he was gone, Reyes continued to tell the boyfriend in messages and calls that she would keep breaking property, according to KSAT.

It was around 11 p.m. that day when Reyes allegedly sent the boyfriend photos of a small fire in their kitchen. That’s when the boyfriend called for help and firefighters went to the San Antonio home to extinguish the blaze.

“The picture showed a purple towel and a roll of toilet paper on fire,” the affidavit stated. “A few minutes later [the boyfriend] received another text with a picture of the same fire in a larger state of combustion.”

According to the Express-News, the affidavit also said that arson specialists determined that the fire was set intentionally.

“[Reyes] intentionally started a fire with the knowledge that the fire was located on property belonging to another and was reckless about whether the burning would endanger the lives of her infant daughter and persons living in the adjoining properties. Additionally, the defendant recklessly engaged in conduct that placed her child in imminent danger of death, bodily injury or physical or mental impairment.”

Reyes was charged with endangering a child and arson. She’s being held on $30,000 bond.




[Featured Image:  Israel Reyes/Bexar County Jail]