A DeKalb County grand jury indicted a Stone Mountain mother and her boyfriend on Feb. 20 for leaving three of her four children unsupervised in a barricaded room with a space heater. Two of the children died in the fire.
Angel Johnson and Keith Lee Pinkney are facing charges of involuntary manslaughter, cruelty to children in the second degree and making false statements.
The pair left a 2, 3 and 4-year-old in an apartment complex on December 10, 2010. A space heater caused the fire, which led to the death of two of the three children who were barricaded in the apartment.
Pinkney told authorities he had left the apartment to go get food while Johnson remained at the home.
District Attorney Robert James, who spent a number of years as a prosecutor in the Crimes Against Children Unit, will serve as lead prosecutor for this case.
“Anytime there is a loss of young life, it is a tragic situation. We will do our best to see that justice is done in this case,” said District Attorney Robert James.