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UPDATED: Mother who lost children after fire appears in court
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) There are new developments in the case of a mother who lost three of her children during an apartment fire.
Jonetta Woods is trying to regain custody of her only surviving child.
Back in February Woods lost her three-year-old twins and her one year old baby when fire broke out in her apartment at Interfaith Homes in Kalamazoo .
Her former boyfriend, Fred Glespie, is facing charges for leaving the children alone.
We learned in court Thursday that Jonetta Woods is pregnant again. She's expecting her fifth child while fighting to re-gain custody of her only surviving child.
Thursday's hearing was to check in on her progress.
The judge ordered Woods to attend parenting classes, get a psych evaluation and go through counseling both on her own and with her daughter.
DHS officials say Woods has complied with everything she's been asked to do. She is even taking prenatal classes so she is prepared when her new baby comes.
However, DHS officials told the judge they believe they should continue with hearings to terminate Woods' parental rights based on recommendations by her psychologist, which show she struggles to take care of herself.
Woods has been fighting to get custody of her surviving daughter since the deadly fire in February at the Interfaith Homes. That's when a family court judge removed the 4-year-old from her custody.
That child has been living with an aunt.
The judge decided to give Woods three more months to continue her treatment and parenting classes. She set a hearing for December 18th to decide if her rights to her daughter will be terminated.
We are told a full day of testimony will be held to see if there is enough evidence.
The judge also told Woods that her being pregnant complicates things. She said a new baby will make it difficult for her to concentrate on her 4-year-old.