Updated 11/02/2012 07:25 PM
Benson Street fire victim laid to rest
A little girl killed in a fire last month has been laid to rest, while her family speaks out against the county. Lori Chung has more.
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ALBANY, N.Y. -- A little girl has been laid to rest after being killed in a fire last month.
Three-year-old Amari Welburn was pulled from her family's Benson Street home when it caught fire, but later died from her injuries. Investigators discovered the child was playing with incense that she lit on the stove. Her mother had left the stove on to heat the apartment.
Amari's family is now speaking out against the county. Joined by the NAACP, the family says their remaining children were taken away from them unfairly. Officials say the children were staying with their grandmother, who was also warming her home with a lit stove. But they say they were just cooking and the county acted too hastily.
"I just lost one of my kids already. To think that I was gonna lose the other four for no reason at all. Like, I'm sad, I'm angry. I have just a lot of emotions right now and I just want my family returned to me," MarAsia VanNess said.
"These children need to be reunited with their parents and that is the bottom line. We don't want any more suffering to take place with these children,” said Ann Pope of the Albany NAACP.
The county released a statement regarding this open case, saying, "We are dedicated to working with families to keep them together. When there are instances where the welfare of the children is in question, we do go to court. In this case, the judge agreed it was in the best interest of the children that they be placed in foster care"
The families’ next court date is November 9th.