WEST ALLIS, Wisc (WSAU) Prosecutors said a West Allis woman locked three of her children into a bedroom before starting her first day of a new job – and those kids died in a fire at their house the same day. 24-year-old Angelica Belen was charged yesterday in Milwaukee County with three felony counts of child neglect causing death.
Officials said Belen first claimed that her sister was supposed to baby-sit the youngsters last Thursday. But the sister denied it – and prosecutors said Belen could not find someone to watch the kids while she worked for three hours.
Four-year-old twins Adrian and Alexis Colon died in the blaze, along with their five-year-old brother Nayeli. A fourth-child, a one-year-old boy, was with away with his father at the time. A court appearance was not immediately set on Belen’s new charges. She’s due in court May 3rd for a final pre-trial conference on six misdemeanor child neglect charges filed in late March. Officials said she and another child went into a store, while three other kids were left in her car. Prosecutors said the four-year-old twins got out and walked around the parking lot – and another vehicle almost hit them. Officials said Belen’s children were found in need of protective services as of March 28th – but the mother was allowed to keep her kids.