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Mother charged with murder of 8-year-old after Meriden house fire

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Karin Elizabeth Ziolkowski was arrested in North Carolina after a fire in Meriden left an 8-year-old dead. (Gaston Country Sheriff's Office) Karin Elizabeth Ziolkowski was arrested in North Carolina after a fire in Meriden left an 8-year-old dead. (Gaston Country Sheriff's Office)
MERIDEN, CT (WFSB) -

A mother was arrested on Friday afternoon in North Carolina following a house fire in Meriden that left her 8-year-old dead.

Karin Elizabeth Ziolkowski was charged with murder and second-degree arson.

The arrest of Ziolkowski comes after a house fire at 13 Davis St. on Nov. 14 last year.

Inside the home, was Ziolkowski's child, 8-year-old Elijah Ziolkowski. He was found dead.

During their investigation, the cause of the death for Ziolkowski's child was ruled homicidal asphyxia and investigators determined that the fire was arson. 

Elijah Ziolkowski is a student at Israel Putnam Elementary School. 

Israel Putnam Elementary School Principal Enza Adamcewicz previously told Eyewitness News the boy, who was known as "Eli" to his classmates, has been with the school district since kindergarten.

"Loved Legos, loved star wars, you're typically 8-year-old boy, but very well known and very well liked," Adamcewicz said previously. "Sharing good memories of him in their class, and the time he made them laugh and they've made cards and helps them through the grieving process."

Since the fire, Ziolkowski was living in the State of North Carolina. She was taken into custody by members of the Bessemer City Police Department around 12:15 p.m.

Ziolkowski is currently being held on a $1 million bond.

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