Three children perished in the fire. (Courtesy of Darlene Jones)
Firefighters mill through charred remains of two mobile homes Friday. (Joe Lybarger/FOX5)
Shane Gouailhardou (LVMPD)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
A Las Vegas father has been arrested and is in custody in connection with the deaths of three children in a mobile home fire in June.
Shane Gouailhardou, 22, was taken into custody on Sunday and is being held at Clark County Detention Center on $600,000 bail, according to jail records. He was also booked for an outstanding bench warrant for drug possession.
Gouailhardou was indicted along with Amy Hatzenpiller last week on second-degree murder charges along with child neglect. There is no indication Hatzenpiller has been taken into custody.
The indictment alleges the mobile home where the fire broke out did not have fire extinguishers and there were no clear escape routes for the children. It's also alleged that the couple took meth prior to the fire.
"Since the drugs were involved and everything, they have no excuse - no reliable excuse as far as I'm concerned," said Darlene Jones, the grandmother of 2-year-old David Gouailhardou.
The children were identified soon after the fire. In addition to David, the other victims included: Skylar Lafia, 2, and Aryana Lafia, 1.
"There's not a day that goes by that I don't think about David," said Jones.
The children died when they became trapped in their mobile home in northeast Las Vegas. The fire was reported at the Vans Trailer Oasis Mobile Home Park in the 3600 block of Las Vegas Boulevard North.
According to fire officials, the blaze started in one mobile home then spread to an adjacent unit.
The children were inside the first unit on fire, with people, possibly neighbors, attempting to rescue them multiple times, officials said.
All the attempts to rescue them failed and the children died at the scene, CCFD confirmed.
"I was told by the fireman that pulled the bodies out that, David and one of the babies were huddled together in the hallway and the baby was in the bedroom - in the crib," Jones recalled as she fought back tears.
The couple was able to escape the fire and was treated for minor injuries at University Medical Center.
Court records from Clark County show that in 2009, Shane Gouailhardou was arrested and pleaded guilty to unlawful possession of a controlled substance.
Neither suspect was in custody as of Wednesday evening, and a warrant has been issued for their arrest. Bail was set for both at $600,000.
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