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Church group asks community to not rush to judgment
KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Last week, fire ripped through the Interfaith apartment community, killing 3-year-old twins Tevin and Teniya Williams, and their younger sister, 1-year-old Tyonna Henderson.
Tuesday, a church group asked the community to come together to support the grieving mother.
Investigators say the three children were left alone at the time of the fire, a charge the mother, Jonetta Woods, denies.
Regardless, it has raised questions from some regarding Woods and her skills as a parent.
On Tuesday, the group urged the community to not jump to conclusions.
The group acknowledges that Woods is a victim as well, and that the community should not rush to judge her.
"We believe in justice, and we believe in fairness, and we think we need to take a deeper look at this," said the Rev. Michael Scott, with the Northside Ministerial Alliance.
The only thing Newschannel 3 was able to find after taking a deeper look was a 2009 police complaint claiming that a maintenance worker heard a baby crying in Woods' apartment for an hour.
It shows that the manager opened the door and found an infant holding a diaper, sweating profusely, but the claims were never substantiated.
Last week, following the deadly fire, the Department of Human Services removed Woods' 4-year-old daughter.
The child is now in the custody of Woods' sister, but Woods is allowed supervised visits.
The group does point out that Woods has never been arrested for abuse or neglect.
She is due back in court on March 19th for another custody hearing.
As for the fire investigation, ATF is now involved trying to determine what started the fire.