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Family needs help after infant killed in Romulus fire; mother in custody

Girl's 3-year-old brother injured

ROMULUS, Mich. – A heartbroken father is grieving for his youngest baby.

Malaya Tatnall, 1, was killed in a house fire on Sunday.

"A lot of pain. It's a lot of pain and hurt right now," said her father, Jermaine Tatnall. "As you try to put everything together there is a whole lotta gaps in between."

Romulus firefighters were called to a townhouse complex Sunday afternoon near Detroit Metro Airport.

In an upstairs bedroom firefighters found the 1-year-old girl in bed and a 3-year-old boy on the floor. Firefighters performed CPR on the children and they were rushed to a local hospital.

The infant could not be saved. Her brother was airlifted to the University of Michigan hospital. His condition is not known at this time.

The children's mother was not home when the fire started.

"I'm very outraged because no child should be left at home alone. There's nothing that important to leave any child at home alone," said Malaya's uncle, Maurice Tatnall.

The mother returned home as firefighters were battling the fire. She was arrested by Romulus police and remains in police custody.

"I'm a forgiving person, but I'm gonna just leave that up to the judge and jury if it comes to that," said Maurice Tatnall.

Now Malaya's family is struggling to raise money to bury this precious infant.

"We're just trying to get up some donations to help me bury my baby," said Jermaine Tatnall.

An online fund has been started to help pay for burial costs, click here to donate.


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