TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The aunt of two young girls who died in a south Tulsa apartment fire was charged Tuesday with second-degree murder for the deaths.
Miashah Chantell Moses, 23, was originally arrested Nov. 19 on child neglect complaints for the Nov. 18 deaths of 18-month Nylah Moses and 4-year-old Noni Moses after she left the two alone in the apartment with food cooking on the stove.
Authorities said the girls died of burn injuries at a Tulsa hospital where they were taken shortly after being pulled from the burning apartment.
Moses pleaded not guilty and remains jailed without bond. The public defender's office was appointed to assign an attorney for her, according to online court records.
An affidavit filed with the case said Moses was cooking with grease while baby-sitting.
“She left the apartment with the stove on and the children still in the apartment. She locked the front door from the outside,” while she took trash out and visited with a friend, according to the document.
When she returned, the apartment was on fire, the report said.
“She couldn't get the key to work and the door was kicked in by witnesses. The apartment was completely engulfed in flames and smoke,” according to the affidavit.
Investigators ruled the blaze was an accidental cooking fire.
Moses is to return to court Jan. 20 for a preliminary hearing.