KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) - A woman may face child abuse charges after three of her children were apparently left alone and died in a fire at their apartment.
Kalamazoo County Chief Assistant Prosecutor Carrie Klein confirms to 24 Hour News 8 the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety is requesting three counts of second-degree child abuse against 26-year-old Jonetta Woods.
Investigators have submitted their investigation to the Kalamazoo County Prosecutor's Office. Each charge carries the possibility of up to 10 years in prison.
Three-year-old twins, Teniyah and Tevin Williams Jr., and their 1-year-old sister Tyonna Henderson died in a Feb. 18 blaze at Interfaith Apartments in Kalamazoo.
A fourth sibling, a 4-year-old girl, was also in the residence but survived. She was removed from Woods' custody and placed with an aunt days after the fire. Woods has supervised visits with her daughter, according to court documents.
Woods was in court March 19 regarding the custody of the 4-year-old, but both sides in the case could not reach an agreement, so the trial will move forward.
Woods has maintained she did not leave her kids alone, saying she left them with her boyfriend, 18-year-old Fred Glespie. Glespie told 24 Hour News 8 that is not true.
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