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2 unattended toddlers die in fire, mother charged with negligent homicide


Two toddlers died in a fire Monday in Bastrop, LA, and their mother is being charged with negligent homicide for leaving them home alone.

Ciarria Johnson, 21, the mother of 4-year-old Ta'shae Thompson Johnson and her 3-year-old brother, Clifton Thompson Johnson, is accused of leaving her children unattended for hours as she was having her hair styled.

Johnson told investigators that prior to leaving her house at approximately 1 p.m., she had made preparations with a neighbor for the care of her children. Johnson also stated that she left two gas space heaters on in the house when she left, and when she returned, her house was engulfed in flames.

However, investigators later determined that Johnson did not make arrangements with her neighbor and only came home after she was contacted about the fire.

A thorough examination of the scene by investigators revealed that the control valve to a gas heater in the living room, where the fire is believed to have originated, was found in the "on" position. Investigators also determined that the cause of the fire was the close proximity of flammable materials to the space heater.

Johnson has been charged with two counts of negligent homicide in the death of her children.

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