Mother of child killed in July fire ordered to stand trial for child endangerment
06/26/2014 3:04 PM
08/06/2014 12:09 PM
The mother of a 6-year-old girl who died of after a July house fire was ordered Thursday to stand trial on child endangerment charges.
Prosecutors said Ruthie Lee Bell, 27, left the girl and her two sisters, ages 4 and 7, alone before the fire broke out in their home at 3915 E. Countryside on July 11. Ja’Kara Dickson died three days later.
Authorities said Ja’Kara was playing with a lighter when she accidentally set her clothes on fire, and the flames quickly spread. The other children escaped with the help of a neighbor who heard a smoke alarm.
Bell pleaded not guilty to the charges, and District Judge Ben Burgess set a tentative trial date of Dec. 2.