Custody hearing held regarding 4-year-old child after Kzoo fire

Updated: Wednesday, February 20 2013, 11:59 PM EST
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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A custody hearing was held Wednesday between the Department of Human Services, and Jonetta Woods, the mother of 3-year-old twins Tevin and Teniya Williams and their little sister, 1-year-old Tyonna Henderson.

The children died Monday afternoon in a fire that broke out at the Interfaith Homes complex in Kalamazoo.

At Wednesday's hearing, Woods agreed that there was probable cause to support a petition alleging neglect, and as a result DHS requested that Woods' 4-year-old daughter be removed from the home.

The referee overseeing the proceedings agreed, and the girl has been temporarily placed with Woods' sister.

Woods was granted supervised visits.

Newschannel 3 reported earlier today that police records indicated nine calls for service involving Woods since 2007.

Of them, however, the vast majority involve her being a witness to crimes or being a victim of crimes, such as burglary, or damage to her apartment.

However, we did uncover a child neglect case from 2009 that was shocking.

According to the complaint, the assistant manager of Fox Hills Apartments was alerted by the maintenance man that he heard a baby crying from behind the door of Woods' apartment.

The baby was crying non-stop for an hour when the manager opened the door. The manager says the one-year-old little girl, quote "came to the door with her arms out holding a diaper. That the baby was profusely sweating and that the air conditioner was not on. The temperatures reached 96 degrees that day."

Woods' attorney, Dorphine Payne, said that she is devastated over what's happened, and that the community has had a knee-jerk reaction to the incident.

Payne requests that the community just take a breath, and claims that Woods is a good mother to her kids.

Payne also contended that the kids were not left alone.
Custody hearing held regarding 4-year-old child after Kzoo fire
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