A 45-year-old woman was charged Wednesday with damaging her hotel room in Anaheim with a butane torch while caring for a toddler.
Christy Michelle Meteer pleaded not guilty to one felony count each of arson, vandalism and child abuse and endangerment at her arraignment in the jail courtroom in Santa Ana. She was ordered to return to court for a pretrial hearing Oct. 21 at the North Justice Center in Fullerton.
Police were called after the sprinkler system was activated about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Extended Stay America at 1742 Clementine St., according to Anaheim police Sgt. Shane Carringer. The defendant is accused of using a butane torch often associated with illicit drug use to burn various parts of her hotel room, he said.
A toddler-aged girl to whom Meteer is related was in the room with her, Carringer said.