Woman ruled unfit to stand trial

April 7, 2009 4:22:06 PM PDT
A woman whose three children died in a fire after she allegedly left them home alone has been declared unfit to stand trial, at least for now. Charlene Cheatem allegedly left four of her children home alone when she took her 6-year-old daughter to school last January.

Three of the children died in the fire. They were 7 months old and two and three years old.

A judge ruled Cheatem is unfit to stand trial at this time. She will return to court for a status hearing and progress report on the May 27.

Cheatem has pleaded not guilty to three counts of child endangerment resulting in death.

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