Mother, Aunt Charged in Death of Toddlers Killed in Englewood Fire

By Alexandra Clark
|  Monday, Dec 24, 2012  |  Updated 11:09 AM CDT
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Mother, Aunt Charged in Death of Toddlers Killed in Fire

Tatiana (left) and Britany Meakens were each charged with two counts of felony for endangering a child causing death and two counts of misdemeanore for endangering the life and health of a child.

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Police have charged the mother and aunt of two toddlers who were killed in an Englewood apartment fire.

Early Saturday morning, 2-year-old Jaryiah and 3-year-old Jarvis Meakens were left alone with two other children when a fire broke out. The two toddlers died in the blaze.

Their mother Tatiana Meakens, 23, and aunt Britany Meakens, 22, were each charged with two counts of felony for endangering a child causing death and two counts of  misdemeanor for endangering the life and health of a child, according to a press release from police News Affairs.

Both were called in for questioning after police discovered the two had left four children alone to attend a party, police said.

The two children who survived, a 7-year-old boy and a 4-year-old boy, were taken into the custody of Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, while authorities conducted their investigation.

Saturday night, friends, neighbors and members of the community mourned the loss of the two toddlers with a vigil and balloon release.

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