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Dad charged in St. Louis fire that nearly killed 4 children

September 18, 2019 GMT
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This undated photo provided by the City of St. Louis Division of Corrections shows Keith Witherspoon Jr. Witherspoon, a father whose four young children were left alone and nearly killed in a St. Louis house fire, has been charged with four counts of child endangerment. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the charges were filed Tuesday Sept. 17, 2019 against Witherspoon Jr., who is jailed without bond. (City of St. Louis Division of Corrections via AP)
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This undated photo provided by the City of St. Louis Division of Corrections shows Keith Witherspoon Jr. Witherspoon, a father whose four young children were left alone and nearly killed in a St. Louis house fire, has been charged with four counts of child endangerment. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the charges were filed Tuesday Sept. 17, 2019 against Witherspoon Jr., who is jailed without bond. (City of St. Louis Division of Corrections via AP)

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A father whose four young children were allegedly left alone and nearly killed in a St. Louis house fire has been charged with four counts of child endangerment.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports the charges were filed Tuesday against 33-year-old Keith Witherspoon Jr., who is jailed without bond. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.

None of the children were older than 4 at the time of the Aug. 15 fire. They were found hiding from the fire in a playroom, including two in a play tent and one in a closet. Three of them were in cardiac arrest initially. Their mother, 27-year-old Crystal Ford, was previously charged.

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Court records say Witherspoon was seen on surveillance video leaving the residence before the fire. The cause hasn’t been determined.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com