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CPS Gets Custody Of Fire Survivor, 6

Bri Vion Curry, Javunte White Died In Fire


POSTED: Monday, October 12, 2009

UPDATED: 7:18 pm CDT October 12, 2009

HOUSTON — Child Protective Services won temporary custody Monday of a 6-year-old girl who survived a house fire that killed her two younger brothers, KPRC Local 2 reported.

Houston firefighters battled a fire at a home on East Ridgecreek Drive near Bunker Ridge Road at about 1 a.m. Sunday.

Three children were trapped inside the burning home. Firefighters pulled all of them from the home, but only one, Bri Aiena Curry, 6, survived. She suffered first-degree burns on the bottoms of her feet.

Relatives said Bri Aiena tried to save her brothers, Bri Vion Curry, 2, and Javunte White, 4, who died at a hospital.

CPS officials said they will allow Bri Aiena to live in a suitable relative’s home instead of a foster home. CPS officials said the children’s mother, Prashawna White, has admitted that if tested for drug use, she would test positive. She has admitted to recently using marijuana and Xanax, officials said.

Firefighters said about 80 percent of the house was on fire when they arrived. HFD officials said Jamar Segura, one of the children’s uncles, was outside the house, wielding a gun and insisting firefighters move faster.

“He threatens a fireman in the front yard, encouraging him to go in the house sooner,” District Chief Tommy Dowdy said. “He tried to go back in the house, was restrained by some firemen here.”

Segura, 21, has been charged with misdemeanor deadly misconduct and has also been accused of assaulting a news photographer. Read more.

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