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Mother Made Famous By Being Seen Smacking Her Son For Joining Riots Hit By Tragedy

Toya Graham became known as a hero to all parents after she was caught on video preventing her son from getting into trouble and participating in the 2015 Baltimore riots. Now she is using that fame to ask for help, according to Fox Baltimore.

Graham says she and her family are now homeless after an accidental fire in their home. She said her 17-year-old son Michael was frying up chicken strips when the fire broke out.

“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 was home alone at the time and didn’t realize throwing water on a grease fire would only make it worse. He called 911 immediately and luckily no one was hurt. The same can’t be said for their house, however.

"I'm not blaming Michael," his mother said. "But I'm angry."

Graham has no renter’s insurance and doesn’t know how she is going to pay for the damage to her house.

"I'm tired of the struggle, I feel broken," she said tearfully. "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 says he regrets not being able to control the fire and should have been more careful.

"Now, it's like, what we're going to do now?" he said.

Individuals have reach out to help the family and they even set up a GoFundMe page for donations. She raised $78,579 of $5,000 goal within a month.

Source: Fox Baltimore
Photo: ABC 7 News

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