Mother Sentenced To 3 Years In Connection With Daughters’ Death in Fire
A mother told those in court on Wednesday that she could not apologize enough for the deaths of her daughters in a fire in December 2011.
Valerie Windom was sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday in connection with the deaths of her two daughters, Treasure Mi, 7, and Tamarra Renee, 5.
Following the fire that happened on Gross Point Drive, Windom told investigators that the last time she saw her daughters was when she tucked them into bed the night of the fire.
Hours later, she said she awoke to blinding smoke in her upstairs bedroom.
Prosecutors said that she was drunk at the time of the fire.
Investigators originally said that they thought food had been cooking on the stove at the time of the fire, but Windom said nothing was on the stove when they went to bed.
An inspection by an independent company revealed that the stove was in use at the time of the fire.
The apartment company also found that the apartment had faulty fire detectors.
The father of one of the girls who died in the fire expressed his grief in court.
“I haven’t slept in a year,” Columbus Hackett said. “I sleep maybe two or three hours a night.”
Windom told the court on Wednesday that she wanted to be around for her surviving daughter.
“I’m sorry for what I’ve done,” Windom said in court.
The woman’s only surviving daughter told the court to send her mom to prison on Wednesday.
“I know she’ll find a way to drink again,” the girl said.
The judge did acknowledge that Windom suffered abuse as a young person, and that led to her alcohol dependency.
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