Woman accused of torching group home sent to mental hospital

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Glenda Coronado

SAN DIEGO — A woman accused of setting a fire that left a fellow tenant at a South Bay group home hospitalized with serious smoke inhalation injuries is mentally incompetent to stand trial, a judge ruled Monday.

Glenda Coronado, 47, will be sent to Patton State Hospital for up to three years or until her competency is restored, said Deputy District Attorney Melissa Vasel.

At the defendant’s arraignment in April, Deputy District Attorney Kyle Sutterley told a judge that Coronado was angry at an employee at the home on Donax Avenue in Palm City when she allegedly started a fire in her room that caused an estimated $120,000 in damage on March 31.

Another tenant was placed in a medically induced coma after being brought to a hospital, suffering from smoke inhalation, Sutterley said.

Two police officers were also taken to a hospital as a precaution, but were OK, the prosecutor said.

Coronado was charged with arson of property from another blaze at the same group home in January and arson of a structure causing great bodily injury from the March 31 fire.

Coronado, who faces nine years and eight months in state prison if convicted, was on probation for vandalism when she allegedly set the second fire, Sutterley said.

Defense attorney Michael Dealy told the judge that Coronado has a long history of mental health issues and has been diagnosed with schizophrenia.