Michigan mom charged with abuse months after fire kills kids

EASTPOINTE, Mich. (AP) — The mother of two boys who, along with another child, died in a Detroit-area house fire has been charged with child abuse.

The children were alone when fire struck the Eastpointe home in March. Amber Swain appeared in court last week on second-degree child abuse charges.

The fire victims included her sons, 8-year-old Zyahir Swain and 9-year-old Brendon Mahone. A cousin, 4-year-old Madison Adams, also died. The cause of the fire hasn’t been publicly disclosed, although officials have said they didn’t find working smoke detectors.

A message seeking comment has been left for Swain’s attorney. Eastpointe deputy police chief Eric Keiser says Swain has cooperated with investigators.

She returns to court on Nov. 20.

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