Joel Martos Accused of Settting Fire to His Deaf Ex-Girlfriend's and Own Daughter's Hialeah Home
The girl lives with her mother, Caridad Borroto, and her grandmother on 29th Lane in Hialeah. The three were on vacation in Key Largo on Saturday when they got a call that there home had been set on fire.
Police believe Martos, 48, is to blame. He had a rocky relationship with Borroto, and she had previously taken out a restraining order against him.
Police believe Martos is the man caught on a surveillance camera riding up to the home on a bicycle shortly before the fire was ignited. Police believe he poured fire accelerant in all three bedrooms and set the fire.
|The charred remains of the girl's bed.|
"He's crazy. He's never changed and he's never going to," Borroto said of Martos to CBSMiami through sign language.
The fire charred many of the family's possessions, including those in Martos' own daughters room.
"She has nothing. She has whatever she took with her on her vacation that's all she has," a relative, Barbara Morales, told CBS of the girl.
Morales also told WSVN that Martos has previously damaged Borroto's car, and that there's not much in the home that can be salvaged.
Martos now sits in jail on charges of first-degree arson, burglary, and aggravated stalking.
The family is staying with relatives. The home is not totally destroyed, and the family hopes to clean up and move back in eventually, but that's not an easy task considering they live off disability benefits.
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