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Mom, aunt charged in deadly fire

A mother and aunt have been charged in connection to the deadly fire that claimed the lives of two children early Saturday morning.

chi-englewood-fire-victims-20121222Britany Meakens, 22, and Tatiana Meakens, 23, of the 6400 block of S. Paulina, have each been charged with two felony counts of endangering a child causing death and two misdemeanor counts of endangering the life/health of a child, according to  Chicago Police News Affairs.

Both women are due in court this morning at 26th and California.

The fire broke out around 3:30 a.m. Saturday when four young children were left alone at their home.   

Two of the children, ages four and seven, were able to escape.  The other two children, 3-year-old Jariyah and 2-year-old Javaris Meakens, were killed. The surviving children are in the custody of DCFS.

According to arrest reports, Tatiana is the mother of the two children that were killed.  Britany Meakens, who resides at the same location, is the aunt of the children.


45 Comments to “Mom, aunt charged in deadly fire”

    "Old Chicago" said:
    December 23, 2012 at 9:15 AM


    …It is obvious that people on both sides of the gun debate are afraid.

    …as our complex world is increasingly dangerous.

    …The “Definition of Citizenship” is what is at stake.

    …”Self Government” doesn't exist everywhere else.

    …Many men have died to preserve these rights.

    … I've been to Mexico, it’s nice.
    …but I don’t want to live there.

    …I really don’t want to be Kenyan either.


      mike said:
      December 26, 2012 at 5:43 PM

      What the does gun control have to do with this story?

    DEBRA said:
    December 23, 2012 at 1:02 PM


      Jenna said:
      December 24, 2012 at 1:52 PM

      God does not murder babies. This was the selfishness of the irresponsible "adults."

        Tired of the Morons said:
        December 24, 2012 at 2:37 PM

        He just lets them die.

        Douglas said:
        December 25, 2012 at 9:23 AM

        Correct Jenna!

        If God needs more angels he can make more. He doesn't cruelly take babies lives.

        Tired of the Morons said:
        December 25, 2012 at 6:57 PM


      Douglas said:
      December 25, 2012 at 9:21 AM


      Many people believe what you stated, but that was not God's doing. It was human error and stupidity.
      He is a God o love.
      If God needs more angels he can make more. He doesn't cruelly take babies lives.

    Melissa said:
    December 23, 2012 at 10:41 PM

    This is just disgusting! We have horrible people shooting litlle ones in school and horrible mothers leaving there little ones at home alone all night! I am embaressed to be from the same city as these two! Death penality for this stupidity!

      Olympia said:
      December 26, 2012 at 12:46 PM

      You're quite right. But, please learn how to spell.

    Kathy said:
    December 24, 2012 at 10:31 AM

    These two should never be allowed to have children ever agian please lock them up & throw away the key.

    Tired of the Morons said:
    December 24, 2012 at 11:27 AM

    Even in the jungle apes keep the little ones close. Maybe these apes need to go back and get re-educated.

    Anonymous said:
    December 24, 2012 at 12:02 PM

    Disgusting. Can you imagine what the childhood is like for children like these? No wonder why they all grow up wanting to exterminate one another.

    Lewis said:
    December 24, 2012 at 2:50 PM

    It's bad enough these children died in the worst way a few days before the holiday and that their mother and aunt will have to live with this for the rest of their lives, now people want to resort to racist comments about them? Last I checked black people are not the only ones whose children die in fires. In fact, about 2 Christmases ago an affluent WHITE mother in an UPSCALE neighborhood lost all of her children in a deadly fire and she was HOME when it happened….check your facts before calling people apes…as for the comment about wanting to exterminate one another….do you even watch the news?? What tragedy just happened?

      Tired of the Morons said:
      December 24, 2012 at 4:47 PM

      Spare me. It's not racist. I call them for what they are. And they are Apes or would you prefer I call them what they really are.

        Lewis said:
        December 24, 2012 at 5:06 PM

        Comparing people (as horrible as they are) to apes is racist, my dear. Just because you didn't type the "N" word doesn't mean people can't read between the lines. You should let these poor children rest in peace and try growing a heart after all it is Christmas.

        Tired of the Morons said:
        December 24, 2012 at 5:29 PM

        They are actually less than apes. Apes protect their children. And if referring to these useless pieces of crap as apes is offensive, good. I call them the way I see them.

        Dee Dee said:
        December 24, 2012 at 5:30 PM

        First of all manly white folks go around doing MASS SHOOTINGS so you don't think you people are better cause your not you people are trained to kill at early age and you people do crazy stuff as well so look in the mirror dude you one of them!!!!

        Tired of the Morons said:
        December 24, 2012 at 7:34 PM

        True, we do mass shootings indiscriminately. We just treat our own better than most of these useless apes or better still the way the apes and wetbacks treat themselves and their race killing each other on an hourly basis.

        Guest said:
        December 24, 2012 at 7:50 PM

        The FBI data bases say that whites, blacks, & asians ALL have the same amount of mass murderers according to their percentage of the population. Stop being a bigot Dee Dee, by perpetuating the racist myth that blacks & asian do not commit these type of crimes. Remember the 2 DC snipers were black & the Virginia Tech shooter was asian, hmmm. Looks like racism is a 2 way street & you are exceeding the limit on it.

        3rd Reich said:
        December 25, 2012 at 10:46 AM

        That's it defense by statistic. You're an idiot. The apes and the wetbacks pick off more people than the war does. They both care less for human life than an animal hunting in the jungle. Completely removing both would make a newspaper nothing but sports and a news cast weather and sports.

        sharong4 said:
        December 26, 2012 at 8:24 AM

        Go back to Germany.

        amy said:
        December 24, 2012 at 9:47 PM

        ya call them what they really are?

      Guest said:
      December 24, 2012 at 7:24 PM

      The point you just do not understand, in your own bigoted rant, is the white mother YOU are busy maligning was HOME. She does not deserve your obvious racism in your pathetic attempt to justify these abusers.
      These two selfish creatures valued their own pleasures above the safety of their babies. I do agree they should not be labeled as apes….Female apes are SO much more maternal with their infants, & do not deserve being compared to these SLIME!
      These two pond scum can live….But it should be in prison, where they have plenty of time to think about just how horrible it was to die trapped by a fire at age 2 or 3, while these jades were gone partying all night.
      Personally, I hope the courts remove their parental rights, & find good adoptive parents for all their surviving children. With real parents, who will love them as they deserve to be loved.

      tired of idiots said:
      December 26, 2012 at 5:18 AM

      Lewis, that affluent WHITE mother was home as you point out. She also tried to save her children. Do enlighten us on how these two women tried to save the children in the burning house? OOPS oh yeah, they weren't around. the white woman was responsible and was home with children and did the responsible thing by trying to save the children. two black women were no where around. The fear those children must have felt. The ones that died and the ones that survived. poor things.

      sharong4 said:
      December 26, 2012 at 8:23 AM

      That is why the world is like it is today. All these racist comments are unnecessary. If you read the news, all the mass murderers are white. As far as going back somehwere, do Polar Bears love ice?

      Mimi said:
      December 26, 2012 at 7:23 PM

      At least she was home. Who leaves a 2 year old alone?

      Guest said:
      December 27, 2012 at 7:48 AM

      Ignorance has no color as seen in a lot of these responses.

    Name said:
    December 24, 2012 at 4:41 PM

    Tragic……Leaving kids alone to go party, usually never ends well.

    Guest said:
    December 24, 2012 at 8:19 PM

    These two hags absolutely disgust me. With both of them living in the same house, each could have gone out in turn, without ever leaving those babies unprotected. This is totally their fault. I hope the judge locks them up for so long that they both go through menopause before being paroled. This kind of selfishness is really what is wrong with our country. Those poor angels. I hope the other children are now in a good home & never go back to them.

    Anonymous said:
    December 25, 2012 at 8:59 AM

    OhhhYeahhhhh!! We was kickin it wifs our fellaz dats ways days pants down lowz so evybodyz sees they drawas!!!!! Gettin highhhh!!! Drinkin malt lickahzzzz!!! We hads a good ole times!!!

    Oh buts I think Ize losted my link card! Day ummm! Oh yeah and wonna my babyz die.

      Karen` said:
      December 26, 2012 at 7:26 AM

      Dude, you are a mess! Why are you being such a douche about all of this – nothing else in that head of yours but racism and hate?

      Jan said:
      December 26, 2012 at 12:09 PM

      WTH ??????? What did you just say ?????????

    Guest said:
    December 25, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    I pray for you Anonymous! Im sorry that you feel that way are you unhappy in your life? If so you need to drop down on your knees and pray that God help you with your unhappiness!(:

      cougar said:
      December 25, 2012 at 6:15 PM

      i cant believe how insensitive people are today. all the going back in forth over who fault it is is not going to bring those kids back. i agree that the adults should be punished but the punishment is that the other two kids will be without both parents.

    teremist said:
    December 26, 2012 at 6:52 AM

    Children are hard work. Children are expensive. Children mean you sacrifice. Children come FIRST. If you would rather party, please don't have kids.

      sharong4 said:
      December 26, 2012 at 8:27 AM

      I agree wholeheartily. Someone with some sense has spoken. AMEN!!!!!!!!

    Abdullah said:
    December 26, 2012 at 8:16 AM

    First of all we need to pray for both of these women that they will seek Allah's forgiveness because only Allah and they know why they were not there. The two children because of their age of not fully understanding right and wrong are guaranteed the paradise and can ask Allah to forgive these women if they repent and seek His Mercy.

    Name said:
    December 26, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    To make this a racial issue when two children have died is a shame. We should all be embarrassed, not only for the damage we do to innocents, but to the foolish comments we make to each other. There is something inherently wrong with ALL of us.

    RESPECT said:
    December 26, 2012 at 12:17 PM

    Its a very sad situation that this children had to die in order for the parents to learn a lesson. but sometimes thats the only way GOD can get your attention. And to the person that called them apes GOD will have a funny way of getting for attention as well.

    Martin said:
    December 26, 2012 at 10:27 PM

    Why isn't there a law requiring people to get/have a LICENSE in order to have kids? We have licenses for EVERYTHING that require responsibility and/or commitment/sacrifices – marriage, driving, to many work professions – in order to have kids you need to have a sufficient income to support those kids, a high IQ, or at least reach a certain age like 26-27+, ideally all three but hey, any one of those things is better than NONE! Such a shame.

    Together said:
    December 27, 2012 at 10:10 AM

    Children are the future generation so why shoot them if there are other things people could do instead of shoot and kill kids that just means someone never told that specific person anything they need to know instead of kill,kill,kill look instead of killing kids, play with them, instead of killing kids go out and do something fun together the children don't have to be yours unless you adopt some just ask the parents to do fun things together with their children.

    December 27, 2012 at 10:12 AM


    Donna said:
    December 27, 2012 at 11:02 AM

    First let me state that color should have nothing to do with these two women leaving these babies at home alone to party. I am sure there is a bigger picture to this. No one ever mentioned these to women what their lives have been growing up and if their parents were around to teach them how to be mothers. All the name calling is those of very small minded individuals. Yes we can go back and forward about what race kills more and how dumb one race is over the other. However the bottom line is that this have effected more then that family. Two children lost their lives the other two have been placed in a foster home and we don't know if that is better then the home that they came from. Two young women lives will forever be changed. So please talk all racist comments because race have nothing to do with this accident.

    Appauld said:
    December 27, 2012 at 12:11 PM

    Hope the partying was worth the death of the children! Terrible! As a single mom I find it hard to imagine that they were thinking of themselves before the children.
    They are not fit to call themselves a mother or an aunt!
    Find a babysitter or don't go out. Plain and simple, your children should be your life not just put a side and left to fend for them selves.
    If you don't want to protect and care for your children don't have them or give them the chance at a loving family that wants them.

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