WWMT Newschannel 3 - Search Results
Mother of children killed in Interfaith fire speaks to Newschannel 3
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Newschannel 3 has an exclusive interview with the mother of three children killed in a Kalamazoo fire, as the man accused of leaving them alone faces new charges.
Fred Glespie is now charged with three counts of involuntary manslaughter on top of four counts of second degree child abuse connected to the fire at "Interfaith Homes" in February that killed Johnetta Woods' three children.
Because the former couple tells two very different accounts of what happens, the judge is delaying a decision whether to send Glespie to trial for two weeks.
In the meantime, Woods is opening up about the death of her children only to Newschannel 3.
Jonetta Woods says her former boyfriend has painted her in the wrong light, that she's a good parent and wants to set the record straight.
We asked her if justice is finally being served. "Yes, it took a long time, but this was serious," said Woods.
Jonetta Woods did not want her face shown on camera, but she wants the community to know she was a good mother to 3-year-olds Tevin and Tenaya Williams, and one-year-old Ty'onna Henderson.
"I took care of them the best I can, I was a single parent. I loved those kids, I took care of them, did stuff with them," said Woods.
On the stand Monday, Woods told the judge she left her three children in the care of her then-boyfriend Fred Glespie, who she says agreed to watch them while she went to her friend's house.
But Glespie says that's not the case; that he was not in charge of the children at the time.
So we asked Woods what she was thinking as she stared at Glespie in court.
"**** you Fred. Like he ain't ****, cause he knew what he was doing, you know what I’m saying doing all this? He makes it out like I was the bad one, no, no, hell no," said Woods.
Woods also says she'll fight to get her oldest daughter back, who's been living with a family member since the fire.
Until then, Woods has been ordered by the court to under-go a psych evaluation, take parenting classes, and attend grief counseling.
"I'm still grieving, there's no getting over it. All my kids made me happy. Without them I’m not the same, I ain't the same no more. I thank everybody that was there for me, and forgot everybody that wasn't," said Woods.
Police originally requested felony child abuse charges against Woods, but the prosecutor sent the case back for further investigation.
After that second look, the prosecutor authorized the charges against Glespie.
The judge expects to decide whether he'll stand trial on those charges in mid-August.
Woods' next custody hearing is scheduled for September 19th.