4-year-old injured in suspected arson fire dies

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 31, 2012 at 7:37 pm •  Published: December 31, 2012

CHICAGO (AP) — One of two children injured in a suspected Chicago arson fire has died.

Authorities say the 4-year-old girl, Nariyah Beller, died Monday from burns suffered in the Saturday fire in Chicago's Lawndale neighborhood. The Cook County medical examiner's office said the girl died at Stroger Hospital. She suffered burns over her entire body.

Authorities say the girl's 9-year-old brother, Naciere, suffered burns over 35 percent of his body. He is in critical condition at Stroger Hospital.

The children's mother, 33-year-old Taniya Johnson, died in the fire, which authorities say was set by the children's father, Nathaniel Beller, who died Sunday from burns suffered in the fire.

The 29-year-old Beller is suspected of pouring flammable liquid on several people and igniting the fire. An empty gas can behind the brick two-flat.


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