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Police: Kids, left alone, die in house fire while mother is out getting hair done

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BASTROP, Louisiana (CNN) — Two children, left alone in their Louisiana home, were killed in a house fire while their mother was out getting her hair styled at a salon, authorities said.

Fire officials say they are still piecing together what happened at the home in Bastrop on Monday evening. But “one thing is certain,” said Brant Thompson, state fire marshal deputy chief. “Ciarria Johnson … left her children unattended for hours as she was having her hair styled.”

The victims are 4-year-old Ta’shae Thompson Johnson and her 3-year-old brother, Clifton Thompson Johnson.

Johnson told authorities that she arranged for a neighbor to look after her children. But she hadn’t, the deputy chief said.

“Investigators later determined that Johnson, in fact, had made no such arrangements and that she had returned home only after being contacted about the fire,” he said.

There were two gas space heaters running when Johnson left, the fire marshal’s office said.

Some flammable material left by a heater in the living room caused the fire, engulfing the single-family, wood-framed house in flames.

“It’s really just heart wrenching, you know?” neighbor Johnny Hall told CNN affiliate KTVE. “I don’t know what else to say.”

Johnson is charged with two counts of negligent homicide.

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6 comments

    • wreckitjohn

      “flammable material” could be almost anything in a home. Could even have been from a kid dropping a blanket. I bet her hair looks nice though.

  • theyneverhadachance

    These poor children,Imagine them screaming and scared wondering where there mommy is?They had no chance of getting out they don’t know what to do at that age…Ugh my heart aches for them.
    as it worth it ? No not at all..I can almost bet that they are used to mommy leaving and her getting her hair done or going out for the night…Just think what she took from them! ugh…Doubt she will be showing her hair off in custody…

  • KRYSTAL

    Well at least her first appearance in court will be with nice hair!! Heart breaking those poor babys! She deserves to be locked up for life! I could Never and have NEVER left my kids home alone not even my 10year old!! That is so selfish leaving them alone so you can get your hair done!! OMG what a sad excuse for a mother!!!

  • Kenneth Briggs

    she needs to be in jail now , let her cry the blues in jail and give her 2o years for each kid . now how about the father of the kids , how does he feel ? after shec does 40 years then she can go and get another hair job .