Baltimore mom famous for slapping rioting son now homeless

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The family is homeless after the same son from the viral video accidentally set fire to their home.

Toya Graham first made headlines for a viral video of her forcibly removing her teenage son from participating in the Baltimore riots last year.

Graham, 43, was dubbed Baltimore's "Mom of the Year," but she is now homeless after that same son accidentally set fire to their house.
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Graham said her son Michael, 17, was alone making chicken tenders at her home Saturday afternoon when the blaze started.

"I had stepped away to the bathroom real quick," Michael said. "When I got back, there was smoke and fire coming from the pan."

Not knowing what to do, Michael said he threw water on the grease fire, which only helped it spread. After calling 911, Michael was forced to run the home.

Graham said she has no renter's insurance and is struggling to find a way forward.
"I'm tired of the struggle, I feel broken," she said, tears falling down her cheeks during the interview. "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."

Graham said she doesn't blame her son, but admits she's still angry. Despite her frustration, she said, the most important thing is that he wasn't hurt during the fire.

WBFF reports that a family friend has started a GoFundMe page for Graham as she tries rebuild.
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