Couple faces five years’ jail
Published 12:00 am Monday, January 31, 2005
VIDALIA, La. &045; If convicted the parents of the 1-year-old boy killed in a December mobile home fire could face up to five years in jail, a $5,000 fine or both, according to Louisiana law.
Tyrone Davis, 34, and Tamika S. Turner, 24, are being held on $25,000 bond on charges of negligent homicide.
The Dec. 13 fire that killed the boy and sent a 3-year-old female to the hospital was started by an electric heater, Police Chief Billy Hammers said. The parents were outside the home when the fire started.
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&uot;Leaving those kids in the house by themselves with an electric heater on, that was negligent,&uot; Hammers said.
Vidalia Fire Department investigators and the state fire marshal ruled the cause of fire accidental shortly after the incident, Assistant Chief Ben Adams said.
Vidalia Police received a warrant for the arrest of Davis and Turner about two weeks ago, Hammers said.
&uot;They were out of town,&uot; he said. &uot;We called them and they voluntarily came in on Tuesday.&uot;
Adams said the last information he’d heard on the 3-year-old was good and that she was recovering.