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Teenage babysitter charged after 3-year-old cousin killed in apartment fire

Kiara Jones was supposed to be babysitting her 3-year-old cousin, but she left him alone to meet up with a guy.

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas — A teenager has been charged with abandoning a child after her 3-year-old cousin was killed in an apartment fire in March.

Investigators said Kiara Jones, 19, was babysitting the toddler at the Cozumel Apartments when she left him alone to meet a guy in the parking lot.

Jones left the apartment at about 12:05 a.m to go smoke with the guy, according to court records. More than an hour later, a 911 call came in for a reported fire, investigators said. 

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The Harris County Fire Marshal’s Office discovered the fire started on the stove top in the kitchen, with the cause being accidental, unattended cooking.

"This is the very definition of a tragic situation," said Fire Marshal Laurie L. Christensen. "This is a case of negligence. An individual chose to ignore her responsibilities and that resulted in the death of a child. The law is clear in this situation."

A warrant has been issued for Jones’ arrest.


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