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New information in case of fatal BC fire
BATTLE CREEK (NEWSCHANNEL 3) -- Battle Creek Police are sharing new information into the investigation into a deadly arson in Battle Creek.
You may remember, 8-year-old Karrina Johnson was killed in a fire that tore through her home on Young Street last November. Her 10-year-old sister and 15-year-old brother got out safely.
So far, no one has been charged in connection to this arson.
Battle Creek Police have been working non-stop ever since the tragedy happened. They even have one detective who's job is to only work on the case. Right now, they need your help to find whoever is responsible.
"This is a little baby she hadn't done nothin she didn't even learn how to write in cursive yet," said Janeen Johnson, mother of Karrina Johnson.
"I could not imagine this happening to my own child. The frustrating part is, you know people are out there who have information, and they dont want to come forward," said Calhoun County Prosecutor David Gilbert.
Detectives believe they're being stone walled by those who know who did this.
"We need somebody who has information on this to step up," said Det. Sgt. Martens.
A timeline shows about an hour before the fire, their persons of interest were at a party inside a home on Echo Street, about two miles from the fire.
"There was an altercation at the party prior to the fire getting set," said Det. Sgt. Jim Martens.
Police say 24 year old Jesse Tatum, a named person of interest was arrested the next day for domestic assault against his ex-girlfriend Janeen Johnson, mother of 8 year old Karrina, and another woman.
They haven't however found enough evidence to connect him to this arson.
"We believe the people at that party know who started that fire we believe we know who started the fire we believe there were people with the people who started the fire," said Martens.
Police also have another person of interest, but he's never been charged. There may be more.
"We have phone records of people at the party these phone records allow us to place them in certain areas at certain times so we have an idea of where everyone was," said Martens.
Surveillance video from area stores also identify them.
The only hope is for someone to finally come forward with more information.
"What happened to this child can happen to anyone's child and they need to come forward," said Gilbert.
Investigators believe the fire began in this enclosed porch. Detective Sergeant Martens says they sent a sample of hte possible accellerant to the crime lab, they did get the results back but won't say what the results were.
If you have any information on this case, call Silent Observer at 269-966-3349.