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(CNN) — Two children, left alone in their Louisiana home, were killed in a house fire while their mother was out getting her hair styled at a salon, authorities said.

Fire officials say they are still piecing together what happened at the home in Bastrop on Monday evening. But “one thing is certain,” said Brant Thompson, state fire marshal deputy chief. “Ciarria Johnson … left her children unattended for hours as she was having her hair styled.”

The victims are 4-year-old Ta’shae Thompson Johnson and her 3-year-old brother, Clifton Thompson Johnson.

Johnson told authorities that she arranged for a neighbor to look after her children. But she hadn’t, the deputy chief said.

“Investigators later determined that Johnson, in fact, had made no such arrangements and that she had returned home only after being contacted about the fire,” he said.

There were two gas space heaters running when Johnson left, the fire marshal’s office said.

Some flammable material left by a heater in the living room caused the fire, engulfing the single-family, wood-framed house in flames.

“It’s really just heart wrenching, you know?” neighbor Johnny Hall told CNN affiliate KTVE. “I don’t know what else to say.”

Johnson is charged with two counts of negligent homicide.


  • OneMan'sOpinion

    Vanity, selfishness and carelessness have killed many a child.
    Where is the recent story when a mother left her 3-year old in a running vehicle to go into a store and carjacker took the car?

  • A noon moose

    Well, another example of natural selection at work. The woman clearly shouldn’t have been a parent in the first place, I can’t imagine those kids would have ended up being useful to anyone or anything if they had lived. It’s better that they’re dead, and hopefully the worthless “mother” goes straight to prison.

  • sad

    Makes me wonder if it wasn’t flat out murder, done on purpose to make it look like an accident!!!! She should be forced to have a hysterectomy so she can never reproduce again. All for capital punishment here! Makes me sick. I would just die without my son. Like I always say just because a woman can have a baby doesn’t mean she is a mother!

  • Joe

    And, no decent reader needs a foul mouthed response like that! If you can’t speak in a civil manner, get some help and learn.

  • cannot believe this

    A noon Moose : that is the sickest and most disgraceful thing anyone has ever wrote on this site. I couldntagree more with the stateent above, those children did not ask to be born or even worse die. It i clearly the mothers fault regardless of age or race they were still helpless children. At 4 years of age im sure they were not able to do anything about the fire and had nooooone to help. I cannot believe your mind is even capable of such a horrid thing to say. god rest their BEAUTIIFUL souls. they are in a much better place than this cruel world!

  • Carol Daly

    I agree the set up seems like she wanted this to happen…If people don’t want their kids, just turn them over to someone who will love them…not kill them…We will get someone on here worried about “how the mother has to suffer about this”. That’s bull! She should suffer for being so stupid…Race has nothing to do with it…I have seen many children being abused via the news of all races…Some people don’t deserve to have such precious jewels.

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