Updated: Two Indicted For Fatal Fire In Belpre

By: WTAP News Email
By: WTAP News Email

Updated: 2/25/2011

The Washington County grand jury has returned indictments against two Belpre residents in connection with a fire in October that killed 2 year old Bianca Jackson.

Crystal Dillon and James E. Jackson II, both of Belpre were indicted.

Each are facing one count of involuntary manslaughter and two counts of endangering children.

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A fire that claimed the life of a Belpre toddler two months ago remains under investigation.

Ohio Fire Marshal Public information officer, Shane Cartmill said the case has been turned over to the Washington County Prosecutor's Office.

Assistant Prosecutor Kevin Rings said it will go before a grand jury early next year.

He said the investigation is into the circumstances surrounding two-year-old Bianca Jackson's death.

In October the Ohio Fire Marshal's Office ruled the cause of the fire as accidental from a child playing with something like a match or a lighter.

Cartmill said Jackson's cause of death was smoke inhalation.

Authorities said the toddler's body was found inside the vacant Sixth Street house, which was completely destroyed by the fire, meanwhile the house connected on Florence Street had extensive damage.

Two adults and another child escaped from the fire.


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