A Killeen, Texas mother is in custody at Bell County Jail after being accused of leaving her two small children ages 5 and 3 in a house that caught fire while she was reportedly away. Officers from the Killeen Police Department began investigating, and determined the children had been left unsupervised and were home alone when the fire began.

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The two Killeen, Texas children are lucky to be alive after being left home alone, and it is incredibly fortunate that neighbors were able to hear their requests for help as the fire broke out in a bedroom. Just about one year ago, two children of similar ages died in North Carolina after being left alone for a few minutes, so that a grandparent could be dropped off to work.

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The fire was reported just before 3 PM on Monday afternoon January 8th, 2024 on the 1400 block of Dugger Circle. Neighbors were able to get to the children and extinguish the fire before emergency workers arrived.

Who is the mother of the Killeen, Texas children that were left alone in a house fire?

The police arrested Erika Johnson, and took her to the Killeen City Jail before she was transported, and is being held on a $200,000 bond in the Bell County Jail. You can find more information in this article from KWTX.

There is no word on where the children were placed following the fire.

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