KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) - A judge has agreed to add three charges of involuntary manslaughter in the case of a Kalamazoo apartment fire that killed three young children.
The Feb. 18 fire at Interfaith Apartments killed three children who had been left alone in their home: 3-year-old twins Taniyah and Tevin Williams and their 1-year-old sister Tyonna Henderson. A fourth child survived and has since been removed from their mother's custody.
Fred Glespie was originally charged with three counts of second-degree child abuse.
Wednesday, a judge OK'd three counts of involuntary manslaughter and an additional charge of second-degree child abuse that prosecutors requested at a preliminary hearing in late July.
Typically during a preliminary hearing, a judge would decide whether the defendant would be bound over to stand trial. In this case, the judge said he would consider the new charges and make his decision at a later date.
Wednesday, the judge said that Glespie will stand trial on all seven counts.
The children's mother Jonetta Woods said she left them with Glespie, her boyfriend, while she went out for a few minutes. Authorities say he left the apartment after she did, after which the blaze started.
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