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Teen Smacked by Mom Amid Riots Accidentally Burns Down Home

Money is being raised to help Toya Graham
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 17, 2016 1:48 PM CDT
Fire Destroys Home of Mom Who Smacked Rioting Son

Toya Graham, the mom who gained fame after smacking her rioting son in Baltimore last year, needs help. That son—Michael, now 17—was frying chicken tenders while home alone Saturday, and while he left the room briefly to use the bathroom, a grease fire broke out. He threw water on it, which made it worse, and the rental home was destroyed, Fox Baltimore reports. A GoFundMe campaign that sought to raise $5,000 for the family, which had no renter's insurance, has already raised more than $31,000. (More fire stories.)

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