You remember Toya Graham. She is the Baltimore mother of five caught on camera beating her masked son who was participating in the Baltimore uprising after the death of Freddie Gray, Jr. Applauded at the time as an example of a great mother, Graham said that she was just trying to protect her son.
Media appearances followed and Graham and her son, Michael, enjoyed a little over 15 minutes of fame. But tragedy has set in a year after the riots. Unfortunately, this time it also involves her son, that’s right, the same son involved in the uprising. Michael, now 17, was cooking chicken tenders in the kitchen and left them on the stove to go to the bathroom.While he was there, the kitchen caught fire, leaving him, Graham and her four other children homeless.
“I had stepped away to the bathroom real quick,” said Michael. “When I got back, there was smoke and fire coming from the pan.”Michael, who was home alone at the time, said he threw water on the grease fire, which made the blaze worse.He called 911, and no one was hurt in the incident.However, the situation has created new trouble for the family. “I’m not blaming Michael,” Toya said. “But I’m angry.”
Toya had no renter’s insurance, she said. The ordeal has moved her to tears.”I’m tired of the struggle, I feel broken,” she said. “You try to hold on because you try to do everything, you try to be strong for your children. You try, but this is a lot.”Michael said he regrets being unable to stop the fire. “I should have been more careful when I was cooking,” he said. “Now, it’s like, what we’re going to do now?”Numerous people have reached out with offers of help for the family. Graham has set up a GoFundMe page for donations.
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