Woods to keep custody of child who survived fire

Jonetta Woods (March 19, 2013)

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) — A judge has ruled a mother who had three of her children die in an apartment fire will be allowed to keep custody of a fourth child who survived the fire.

Following a more than year-long custody argument, Kalamazoo County Circuit Family Court Judge Patricia Conlon said that at the present time, it’s not in the best interest to remove the child from Jonetta Woods’ care.

In February 2013, three of Woods’ children died in a fire at Interfaith Homes on Interfaith Boulevard in Kalamazoo.

No one was home supervising the children at the time.

Woods said she left her then-boyfriend, Fred Glespie, in charge of the kids. However, a jury later found him not guilty in the case.

A hearing on permanent custody for the child is scheduled for September.

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