MILWAUKEE (WTAQ) - A suburban Milwaukee woman will be sentenced Friday morning for locking three of her kids in a bedroom just before they died in a fire.
25-year-old Angelica Belen of West Allis struck a plea deal in July, in which she admitted to three felony counts of causing death by child neglect. Six misdemeanor child neglect charges were dropped.
Prosecutors said Belen was about to leave home for a new job on April 12th, when she locked 4-year-old twin boys Adrian and Alex Colon in a bedroom along with their 5-year-old sister Nayeli.
They died in a blaze that was apparently started by an electrical problem in the kitchen.
Belen said she locked the kids away because she didn't want them going outside or running around the house while she was not home. The misdemeanor charges resulted from an incident in late March when Belen and another child went into a store, and three other kids were left in her car.
The four-year-old twins got out and walked around the parking lot, and another vehicle almost hit them. Before the fire, officials said Belen was warned twice by a child welfare worker not to leave her kids alone.
On March 28th, officials ruled that Belen’s kids were found to be in need of protective services – but she was allowed to keep them anyway.