EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (TCD) -- A 34-year-old woman was charged with endangering the life/health of a child three months after her five children died in a fire at her apartment.
According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, on August 6, a fire broke out on the second floor of an apartment building on North 29th Street at approximately 3 a.m. Four of the children died in the apartment and a fifth passed away at a nearby hospital.
The victims were identified as Loy-el Dunigan, 2, Jabari Johnson, 4, twin girls Heaven and Neveah "Veah" Dunigan, 8, and Deontae Davis, 9.
According to the Herald & Review, Sabrina’s father Greg Dunigan said Sabrina was picking up her boyfriend from work at the time of the fire. He and his wife were reportedly asleep in another part of the apartment and jumped out to escape when they smelled smoke. Greg and his wife reportedly lived in a different part of the apartment than where the fire occurred.
Eight people total lived in the one-bedroom apartment, the Herald & Review reports.
Sabrina Dunigan and her family had only been living in the apartment for about five months. According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, they had to move out of their other home because it, too, burned down in a fire.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports a conviction of endangering the life/health of a child is punishable by two to 10 years in prison. If a child dies before the parent is charged, however, they could be sentenced to probation. Sabrina Dunigan faces five counts.