Mother of East Tennessee burned girl charged

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- The mother of a critically burned, 6-year-old girl has been arrested after telling Chattanooga police she was shopping when her daughter set her clothes ablaze while trying to cook.

Police say 28-year-old Erica Springs was charged with reckless endangerment.

On Tuesday, Dynasty Nicole MacMillian ran in flames from her apartment to a neighbor who assisted and called 911. Police said the child was taken to a burn center in critical but stable condition, with 2nd and 3rd degree burns over 40 percent of her body.

Springs told officers she was shopping with a friend and they had left their children with an elderly acquaintance.

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