Woman Arrested After Tying Up Toddler, Putting Bag Over His Head, Setting House on Fire

Marical Magana was arrested Sunday. (Photo via Santa Paula PD)
Photo credit Santa Paula PD

A woman from the Ventura County community of Santa Paula is now in jail, accused of tying up her 3-year-old son, putting a bag over his head, and setting the house on fire while he was in his bedroom. 

Santa Paula, California police sergeant Allen Macias tells KNX that firefighters responded to the fire quickly. The found the woman tied to a bed. 

The woman, identified as Maricela Magana Ruiz, 47, tied the boy's hands together. Ruiz and her son were taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation. 

The boy is now ok. 

Macias says investigators later found out the woman started the fire. 

She was then arrested and is facing felony charges of child abuse and arson. 

Macias says the woman is having a bitter custody dispute with the boy's father. 

She is being held at the Ventura County Jail. Bail was initially set at $50,000 and then later increased to $550,000. She is expected to appear in Ventura County Superior Court on Dec. 4.