Four children of three, four, six and eight years old died in a fire caused by their parents, after they fall asleep in bed while smoking a cigarette in the family home in Stafford (England) last February, as the investigation says.
According to the English newspaper Daily Mail, citing the investigation report, both Natalie Unitt, 26, and her partner Chris Moulton, 30, both parents of the children, were arrested on suspicion of involuntary manslaughter for gross negligence. However, the mother testified on Thursday that she suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and could not remember what she did after the fire broke out, as well as the father assured that he believed that the fire had started on a landing.
The investigation has concluded that the children died from “fumes from the fire caused by an unstuck cigarette “in the bedding of the parents’ bedroom. And during the hearing, it was reported that social workers had previously warned parents about smoking indoors, even though the defendants denied that the fire It would have started in the bedroom of the house.
“To Mrs. Unitt they had advised him not to smoke on the property, but there is substantial evidence that they continue to do so, “said coroner Andrew Haigh, although he acknowledged that” it is understandable that they have tried to downplay given the seriousness of what has happened. “