Meriden woman charged with burning photos during dispute while children home

Meriden woman charged with burning photos during dispute while children home


MERIDEN — A city woman faces charges after police said she lit photographs on fire after a dispute Wednesday night, causing an apartment to fill with smoke while three children were home.

Jasmyn Santiago, 31, of 166 Sherman Ave., was charged Wednesday with reckless burning, third-degree assault, disorderly conduct and three counts of risk of injury to a minor.

About 10:20 p.m. Wednesday, police responded to the home on Sherman Avenue for a reported fight, according to a police report. Officers arriving on scene heard screaming coming from the third-floor and what sounded like objects being thrown, the report said.

Officers knocked on the door and started to force their way in when there was no answer. A man who came to the door was detained by police, who went into the apartment and saw it was filled with smoke, the report said. Police identified a woman in the home as Santiago and she told officers the smell came from burning photographs, according to the report.

Santiago told police she got into an argument with the man and burned photographs over a gas stove. The man tried to stop her, but she grabbed him, pulled him away and continued to burn the pictures, the report noted. The fire alarm went off and the man tried to calm Santiago down as police arrived, the report said. Police spoke with the man, who declined to give a sworn statement. He was not charged with any crimes. Police noted there were three small children in the apartment at the time of the incident, the report said.

Santiago was arraigned in Meriden Superior Court on Thursday. The bail commissioner noted Santiago has no criminal history. The judge set bond at $2,500 and continued the case to Oct. 19.

— Lauren Sievert

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