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Mother who lost children in fire has checkered past
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - We're learning new information Wednesday about the family that lost three young children killed in an apartment fire.
Three-year-old twins Tevin and Teniya Williams and their little sister, one-year-old Tyonna Henderson, died Monday afternoon after a fire broke out in their apartment at the Interfaith Homes complex.
Police records show there have been nine calls for service involving the mother, 25-year-old Jonetta Woods, since 2007.
We uncovered one child neglect case from 2009 that is just shocking. According to the complaint, the assistant manager of Fox Hills Apartments was alerted by the maintenance man that he heard a baby crying from behind the door of Woods' apartment.
The baby was crying non stop for an hour when the manager opened the door. The manager says the one-year-old little girl, quote "came to the door with her arms out holding a diaper. That the baby was profusely sweating and that the air conditioner was not on. The temperatures reached 96 degrees that day."
Records show when police confronted Woods, she said she went over to her friends to put her cell phone on a charger, and that the baby was heavy and she did not want to bring her.
Woods went on to say that management just wanted to evict her, and made the whole story up.
Police turned the case over to Child Protective Services, but at this time we don't know if anything came from it.
We'll have more details about this disturbing neglect case, and hear the chilling 911 calls from the day of the fire Wednesday at 5:00 on Newschannel 3.