Mom arrested in boy's death has history with CPS

Posted at 5:53 PM, Apr 26, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-26 17:54:16-04

The 37-year-old woman under arrest in connection with the death of her 21-month-old son has a history with Children's Protective Services, according to court records.

Inkster Police say Little Anthony Rumford was found Monday evening in a tub, submerged in several inches of scalding water.

His mother called 911 as one of Anthony's sisters ran next door to summon a neighbor for help.

Police say Anthony sustained burns to about 50-percent of his body. He would later be pronounced dead.

The cause and manner of his death are pending, according to a spokesman for the Wayne County Medical Examiner.

In March 2014, before Anthony was born, social workers removed three of his mother's other children because she lacked suitable housing for them.

According to court records, the woman admitted to welfare fraud, which resulted in the termination of food assistance and other social services.

Social workers said the father lacked utilities in his home and that he admitted to using an illegal electrical connection and a stove to keep warm when the children lived with him. The children were also not attending school on a regular basis.

The children's mother remained in police custody late Tuesday. It's remains unclear what, if any, charges she may face.