KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- 19-year-old Fred Glespie has been found not guilty of child abuse and involuntary manslaughter for allegedly leaving a town house full of toddlers unattended, just before fire investgators believe one of them set the place on fire.
Can anyone be held criminally liable for their deaths?
It only took the Kalamazoo Circuit Court jury about an hour and a half to reach its verdict.
The mother of the children, Jonetta Woods was the original suspect identified by investigators, but the case against her was rejected by the prosecutor and she was never charged criminally.
A family court jury did find Woods and Glespie guilty of neglect in May. As a result Woods was stripped of her parental rights to her surviving child.
A court hearing to determine if those rights will be terminated permanently is scheduled for December 18th.
TV-8 reports Prosecutor Jeff Getting will wait to see what the family court does and review transcripts of the trial before deciding whether to charge anyone else.