Mother Charged With Murder in 3 Children's Fire Death

10:05 AM, Mar 14, 2013   |    comments
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A Macon mother faces murder charges in a house fire that killed three of her children last month.

Police say Colethia Williams was apparently not home when the fire broke out around 1:30 a.m., on Sunday, Feb. 24.

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Spokeswoman Jami Gaudet says police aren't saying where they think she was or how long she was out of the house.

But, a news release says, she left four youngsters alone "long enough for a structure fire to engulf the residence."

A warrant was issued Tuesday for Williams and she was arrested around 3:30 p.m. Wednesday.

The fire happened on James Street in Macon.

Three children died: Daija, age 7; Nykhiya, age 10; and Jammarian, age 9.

The fourth child, 3-year-old J'Lon, suffered burns and was taken to the Augusta Burn Center for several days.

According to a news release, she will face three counts of felony murder, four counts of child cruelty in the second degree and one count of felony false statements.

Fire Chief Marvin Riggins said he believes the fire on James Street was accidental. It apparently broke out in a room where nobody was sleeping.

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