Child home alone in house fire

LAWNCREST - December 5, 2009

A fire then broke out in the basement and if it weren't for a neighbor's quick action the child may have died.

"I was in the kitchen cooking dinner and smoke started coming up from in the kitchen," neighbor Genene Davis said.

After checking her basement, Genene only found smoke, no flames.

Soon she heard a fire alarm going off next door and rushed over.

"When I opened the door, you could smell something burning," Genene said.

Davis called 911. Firefighters responded and found a dryer on fire. They quickly put it out.

The firefighters searched the home and found the 2-year-old.

The thought of what might have been had Davis, a mother of 4, on the verge of tears.

"I just thank God he's all right," Genene said.

Another neighbor had a message for Dupiche.

"If you don't want to watch them and keep an eye on them, you shouldn't have children. That's a shame and I just feel sorry for them kids," neighbor Justin Clerkin said.

The child was taken to St. Christopher's Hospital for Children for observation. He''s expected to be OK.

Police took the mother, Juline Dupiche, in for questioning. She's being charged with endangering the welfare of a child and reckless endangerment.

"That child could have been dead had me and my son been asleep, we could've been dead, too," Genene said.

The Department of Human Services is involved in the case and will determine what happens to the children.

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