Monday, May 19, 2008

Police: Mom Kills Children, Burns Down House


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The mother of two children who died following a house fire Thursday admitted to police Friday that she set the fire with gasoline, rags and a candle, according to a court document filed Monday.

Heather R. Silverman, 24, told police she disconnected smoke detectors in her home at 642 Maple Hill Drive, then placed gasoline-soaked rags around a candle on the floor of her bathroom, Detective Robert Bell said in an affidavit for a search warrant approved Friday by a Montgomery County common pleas judge.

"Silverman shut the door and kicked the candle over unto (sic) the rags to ignite the fire," Bell said. "The fire got out of control and she opened the bathroom door to the sound of her son yelling."

Silverman's 4-month-old daughter, Keylee, died Thursday at the scene. Keylee's brother Mikel, 4, died Saturday at a Cincinnati hospital.

Bell filed the affidavit as part of a search warrant seeking to obtain blood and urine of Heather Silverman. Bell said he was seeking to corroborate the mother's story that she had taken Tylenol PM and doses of prescription drugs for anxiety and depression that day that were larger than had been prescribed.

Heather Silverman is charged with murder and aggravated arson. A municipal judge set $1 million bail for her Monday. Her husband, Doron C. Silverman, 25, is charged of rape of a child younger than 10, the victim being his son.

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