Manslaughter Charges in Apt. Fire that Killed 3 Children

Posted at 5:11 PM, Aug 14, 2013
and last updated 2013-08-14 17:12:58-04

captureKALAMAZOO, Mich. — Three charges of involuntary manslaughter have been added in the case of a Kalamazoo apartment fire that killed three young children in February.

Fred Glespie, 19, was originally charged with three counts of second-degree child abuse for allegedly leaving the children at Interfaith Apartments prior to the blaze.  Three-year-old twins Taniyah and Tevin Williams and their 1-year-old sister Tyonna Henderson died; a fourth child survived and been removed from her mother’s custody.

In addition to the three involuntary manslaughter charges, the judge also OK’d an additional charge of second-degree child abuse requested by prosecutors at a preliminary hearing in late July.

The children’s mother, Jonetta Woods, said she left them with Glespie, her boyfriend, while she went out for a few minutes.