The parents of a Georgia teenager who died on Easter Sunday in a house fire started by her brother are on the run, authorities say.
Authorities are now investigating the parents identified as William and Carina McCue over possible child abuse after finding unsanitary conditions at the home.
Police officers claim to have found a makeshift bed in a bathtub where the 10-year-old girl was found dead.
In addition, the police claim that the showers and toilets in the house did not work. Investigators also learned that some of the surviving children didn’t know how to use toilet paper, according to a Fox daughter.
William and Carina McCue were last seen driving a 2017 Honda Accord license plate number CHB7385 from Georgia.
Both face first degree cruelty to children and false charges of second degree imprisonment. Anyone with information or seeing the parents is urged to call Gwinnett County Detectives at 770-513-5300.
The 15-year-old boy was initially arrested and charged with intentionally setting fire to his family’s one-story home, according to Gwinnett County Police.
Emergency crews arrived at the scene of the burning home in Loganville around 5 a.m. on April 17.
“When our crews arrived on site, the entire front of the building was affected by heavy fire, it was only hidden by a small line of forest,” said Lt. Justin Wilson of the Gwinnett County Fire Department, a Fox subsidiary.
“When we arrived at the scene, we had reports of two people trapped in the home, a 10-year-old girl and a 15-year-old boy.”
Firefighters found the young girl, named Zoe McCue, dead at the home in a “room used as a bedroom with no window access,” Wilson said.
The McCue family consisted of two adults, five children and several pets
Zoe’s mother and two of the siblings had managed to escape when the fire broke out, but patriarch William McCue was at work with another sibling when he got the news.
Two family cats were also found dead among the rubble, the New York Post reported.
After hours of searching through the rubble for the teenager, firefighters located him outside the home around 9 a.m.
Investigators determined the fire was arson and premeditated in nature and arrested the boy, who was charged with malicious murder, felony murder and arson.
Zoe’s death is currently being treated as a homicide.
Authorities confirmed that fire alarms had been installed in the home but did not go off when the fire broke out.
Gwinnett’s police chaplains and organizations such as the Red Cross support the family with temporary needs.
No further details have been released about the active investigation, and the boy’s name has not yet been released.
The tragic fire is part of an overwhelming pattern as Easter holiday weekend in the US descended into violence with a spate of deadly attacks and three mass shootings.
Around 100 people were injured and at least 10 killed in the carnage – with South Carolina being hit by two major attacks.
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