Benton Harbor teen on trial in fire that killed three children

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

KALAMAZOO, Mich. A man has gone on trial on involuntary manslaughter and child abuse charges in a February apartment fire in Kalamazoo that killed three young children who were left home alone.

The trial 19-year-old Fred Glespie began Tuesday with testimony from the children's mother. It's expected to last several days.

The Benton Harbor man is charged in the Feb. 18 fire at Interfaith Homes that killed Jonetta Woods's 3-year-old twins and the children's 1-year-old sister.

Authorities say the children were left in the care of a 5-year-old child, who survived.

Court documents say Glespie's attorney seeks to show that Woods and not Glespie had a history of leaving the children alone.

Glespie is Woods' ex-boyfriend. A family court jury earlier found Woods and Glespie were negligent on the day of the fire.

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