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DCFS To Investigate Fire That Killed 2 Children

By Chuck Sudo in News on Jan 25, 2012 3:45PM

2012_1_25_DCFS.gif The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services is launching an investigation into allegations of child neglect that stemmed from a fire on the Far South Side that killed two children yesterday.

Alicia Myles was fast asleep when her 6-year-old son Curnet and 3-year-old daughter Destiny turned on the stove to warm some leftover pizza at 3 a.m. The pizza box caught fire and the two children placed the box in a cabinet. The fire quickly spread. Curnet managed to escape the apartment with his mother; Destiny and 18-month-old Jeremiah Myles died inside.

DCFS says this isn't the first time Myles has been investigated. DCFS previously launched investigations against her in 2006, 2008 and Nov. 28. They've also found instances of abuse against two of Myles's boyfriends, and sources told the Sun-Times she has a history of huffing mothballs, but told investigators she wasn't high at the time of the fire. Myles checked herself out of Roseland Hospital and said she would be staying "somewhere on the North Side." She tried to reunite with Curnet, but a DCFS investigator told family members not to let that happen.