Third child dies after south St. Louis weekend apartment fire; suspect in custody

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. — A woman is in police custody after an apartment fire in St. Louis that killed an infant boy and two girls. The children who had been left home alone.

The fire broke out Sunday afternoon at the Clinton-Peabody public housing complex. Authorities say the infant and the girls, ages 4 and 5, were trapped inside the third-floor apartment.

Firefighters saved the girls but the 6-month-old was dead by the time they got to him.   The two girls died at the hospital days later.  The have been identified as 6-month-old Damarion Eiland, Heaven Coleman, 4, and Dream Coleman, 5.

Police have not identified the 23-year-old woman taken into custody. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

“Prosecutors are working closely with police on this investigation. We have asked the police to conduct additional interviews with witnesses and gather additional evidence. We are also awaiting the Medical Examiners report. We will keep the public abreast on the next steps.” Susan Ryan, spokeswoman for St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner tells FOX 2 in a statement.

In August, firefighters rescued four children from a burning St. Louis home and charged both parents with endangering their welfare. Authorities say those children had been left home alone.

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