Woman charged in connection with fire that killed her 3-year-old cousin appears in court
HOUSTON – Kiara Jones made her first court appearance in connection with the apartment fire that killed her 3-year-old cousin, Giovanni Lyles.
Jones, 19, was babysitting her cousin March 11 at the Cozumel Apartments in West Harris County when investigators said she left Giovanni to meet up with a man in the parking lot.
When she came back there was heavy smoke coming from the kitchen stove in the unit, according to investigators.
Giovanni died of smoke inhalation.
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