Las Vegas mother arrested for fire that killed children
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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)
Amy Hatzenpiller (LVMPD)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -
A Las Vegas mother has been arrested and is in custody in connection with the deaths of three children in a mobile home fire in June.
Amy Hatzenpiller was taken into custody on Thursday and is charged with second-degree murder and child abuse with substantial bodily or mental harm, according to jail records.
Hatzenpiller was indicted along with Shane Gouailhardou, 22, last week.
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.
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.
The couple was able to escape the fire and was treated for minor injuries at University Medical Center.
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