Apr 23, 2012 2:52 PM by Ian Auzenne

Charges Upgraded against Mother Accused of Leaving Children Who Died in Fire

Rayne police have announced charges will be upgraded against Shaqueta McDade.  She was initally charged with four counts of negligent homide.  McDade now faces four charges of second-degree murder.  Police Chief Carroll Stelly says McDade was at a club in Church Point when the fire broke out Saturday.  Stelly adds this was not the first time the children were left home alone.  He says his department received a call Friday night about a fight in the neighborhood. When officers arrived, they found the kids home alone and took them to the police station.  McDade told police that the situation was the result of a misunderstanding.  She thought the children were in the care of their grandmother. The grandmother told police she thought the kids were with McDade.

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