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Mom Sentenced To 3 Years After Daughters Die In Apartment Fire

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The mother of two girls who died in an apartment fire in 2011 was sentenced to three years in jail Wednesday.

Valerie Windom was sentenced for the fire that occurred at the building in the 2700 block of Grosse Point Drive at about 5 a.m. on Dec. 18, 2011.

The judge also recommended that Windom undergo substance abuse treatment while incarcerated.

Windom and her two children, 5-year-old Tamura Renee Hackett and 7-year-old Treasure Mi Windom Harris, were in the burning apartment. The girls died after their second floor bedroom collapsed. Valerie was able to escape.

According to Columbus police, information was obtained at the scene that Valerie may have been intoxicated.

Valerie was requested and agreed to submit to a test of her blood alcohol level. Police said that after analysis of the results, it was determined that she was intoxicated at the time of the fire.

A Franklin County Grand Jury returned an indictment against Windom on two counts each of endangering children and involuntary manslaughter.

The Columbus Division of Fire later ruled the cause of the fire as "unintentional."

Shortly after the fire, the victims' grandmother told a neighbor that the girls' mother was cooking a late night dinner and may possibly have fallen asleep.

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