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12/24/2012 01:05 pm ET

Britany Meakens, Tatiana Meakens Charged In House Fire That Killed Two Kids

The mother of two children killed in a Chicago house fire Saturday has been charged, along with her sister, in the toddlers' deaths.

Tatiana Meakens, 23, the mother, and Britany Meakens, 22, the aunt, were due in court Monday, reports the Sun-Times. Each woman faces two felony counts of endangering a child causing their death and two misdemeanor counts of endangering the life and health of a child.

Two of Tatiana Meakens’ children, son, Javaris, 2, and a daughter, Jariyah, 3 were found in a bedroom of the house where the fire was believed to have started. According to the Cook County Medical Examiner, both young children died of smoke and soot inhalation and carbon monoxide poisoning, reports DNAinfo Chicago.

Four children inside the home in the 6400 block of South Paulina Street were left unsupervised when the fire brok out around 3:30 a.m. Saturday. WGN reports the two surviving children who were able to escape remain in DCFS custody.

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