Sunday, March 18, 2007

Child in CPS program dies in house fire

Photos by Mark M. Hancock / © The Beaumont Enterprise

Officials investigate a fatal home fire in Deweyville on Tuesday, March 13, 2007. The fire, which took place on Friday, killed James Montgomery and his girlfriend's 21-month-old girl daughter.

Deweyville fire chief Mark McCall (left) talks with other officials during an investigation a fatal home fire in Deweyville. The child, Trinity Hantz, had been removed from the home and placed with nearby relatives by Child Protective Services. The relatives returned Trinity to her mother against CPS orders the day before the fire.

Deweyville firefighter Justin McCullough removes fire line tape after officials investigated a fatal home fire in Deweyville. CPS is filing a civil action against the relatives for neglectful supervision. The Texas fire marshal's office is expected to release their findings in two weeks.

Please read "Fire victim wasn't supposed to be in home" by Ryan Myers.

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