Kokomo Tribune; Kokomo, Indiana

November 26, 2013

Mother dies 4 days after fire killed 2 children


Kokomo Tribune

---- — INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A hospital official says a woman has died four days after she was badly burned in a fire that killed two of her young children at the family's rural central Indiana home.

Wishard Memorial Hospital spokesman Todd Harper tells The Indianapolis Star that 27-year-old Serina Slusher-Abbott died early Tuesday.

She had been in critical condition at the Indianapolis hospital since Friday after fire roared through a house in the Johnson County town of Nineveh.

Authorities say 6-month-old John Slusher-Abbott and 18-month-old Haley Slusher-Abbott died when they were trapped inside the family's second-floor apartment. Serina Slusher-Abbott's husband was at work when the fire broke out, while their 5-year-old daughter escaped uninjured.

The fire's cause hasn't yet been determined.