Criminal charges will not be filed after fire kills 8-month-old - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/22/10

Criminal charges will not be filed after fire kills 8-month-old baby

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Lubbock Fire Marshal's Office will not pursue criminal charges after a weekend fire kills an 8-month-old baby girl.

The fire broke out just before 6 p.m. on Saturday at a home inside the Pecan Grove Mobile Home Park near 19th and Research Boulevard. When crews arrived at the home, it was fully engulfed in flames. According to officials, the fire started at or near the furnace.

The infant's parents were at a friend's home a few units away when the fire started. The little girl is believed to have been sleeping in a playpen at the time.

Officials say they will not release the name of the child at this time because there is no positive ID. They say DNA or some other means of identification will have to be used to positively identify the child.

The Department of Family and Protective Service spokesman Greg Cunningham says, "We got a case in January; domestic violence, possible alcohol abuse, and the case is still open.  We were still working with family at the time of fire."

When asked if the surviving children would be taken from the family Cunningham said, "We can't answer that question. The best way to respond is to say we're involved."  Cunningham also says, "they have been placed in a protective environment"

They are three boys, ages 18 months, 5 years old and 10 years old. Cunningham says January was the first contact between the family and CPS. 

The exact cause of the fire is still under investigation.

A fire fund has been set up for the family. You can donate to the Shadden Family Fund at First Convenience Bank at any Wal-Mart location. 

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