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Locals React to Mother's Arrest in North Kent Street Fire

Community members are shocked after learning Sherry Lee Cruz's arrest for her involvement in the fire back in June.
WINCHESTER, Va. - New developments have been released by the Winchester Police Department into the tragic fire that killed a two-year old boy back in June.
 
The boy's mother, Sherry Lee Cruz, 34, of Remington was arrested Friday around 6 p.m. in Fauquier County. Cruz was charged with four counts of felony child neglect.
 
Her son, Christian Cruz, died in the fire on June 18th.
 
"This case remains under investigation. It's a joint investigation by the Winchester Police Department and the Winchester Fire and Rescue Fire Marshal's Office," said Lauren Cummings, crime prevention specialist.
 
A bond hearing was set for Cruz on Monday.
 
The community has been expressing their sorrow, waiting anxiously for unanswered questions.
 
Posh Pets Boutique on South Loudoun Street collected donations for two weeks to help the children from the fire.
 
"When the community did find out that the mother was somehow involved, there was a lot of disappointment. At first people were upset, and they just wanted to make sure if all the donations go to the right people, the good thing is they did," said Rebecca Miller, co-owner of Posh Pets Boutique.
 
One witness at a barber shop says it is a case that lies in the hands of the court.
 
"I don't know. I mean, I'd leave that up to the courts to the charges. They know more about it than what I do," said Reverend Joe Fowkes, owner and manager of Just Us barber shop.
 
The reverend says it feels just like yesterday when he saw the tragedy unfold in front of his eyes.
 
"The fireman brought the child out in his arms; he was just limp and he put him in his ambulance and they took off," said Fowkes.
 
The police say there may be further charges in the case, a story that has kept locals on their toes.
 
Cruz is currently being held at the Northwestern Regional Adult Detention Center.
 

 
 
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