The Salem Police had not previously been called to the apartment Tanicia Goodwin shared with her two young children Erica, 3, and Jamaal, 8.
"Salem Police said that there was not a history of calls to her apartment prior to the incident," Carrie Kimball-Monahan, spokesperson for the Essex County District Attorney said Monday.
She left her son in the apartment, removing the doorknobs and taping up the sprinklers but took her daughter out of the apartment, leaving her with a neighbor, police said.
Kimball-Monahan said their office could not confirm Goodwin's employment and said she could also not confirm whether the Department of Children and Families had prior involvement with the family. In a story in Tuesday's Boston Herald, a family member details a history of custody issues. According to a story in the Salem News, Withcraft Heights Elementary confirmed DCF was involved with the family.
As of Monday evening, the said a fund to aid the victims had not yet been set up.
"I would be surprised if something is not set up by Tuesday afternoon," Salem Fire Lt. Brian Harrington said noting it is common practice to set funds up to help victims. "Nothing is set up yet but it's still very early."