Mom, Aunt Charged in Deaths of Kids in House Fire
CHICAGO (AP) – A judge has set $100,000 bail for the mother and aunt of two children who died in a Chicago apartment fire.
Prosecutors on Monday alleged that 23-year-old Tatiana Meakens and 22-year-old Britany Meakens left four children alone in an apartment heated by space heaters and a hot plate while they went to parties.
Police say four children were in the apartment when the fire started early Saturday. Two-year-old Javaris Meakens and 3-year-old Jariyah Meakens died. Two boys, ages 7 and 4, escaped.
The children’s mother, Tatiana, and their aunt, Britany, each are charged with felony child endangerment and endangering the life and health of a child.
The women’s defense attorney says the apartment’s landlord had turned off their heat.
Police say a hot plate may have started the fire.
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