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Police seeking three more suspects in New Albany house fire

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NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WDRB) -- Three teenage girls are now sought in connection with the New Albany house fire that killed three young children.

Floyd Co. prosecutors told reporters more arrests could possible just days after 18-year-old Cody Cashion was arrested and charged with firing a flare gun into a New Albany home and causing a fire that left three young children dead.

On Friday, Floyd County authorities announced warrants for 19-year-old Kylie Jenks and 18-year old Shelby Makowsky, with another pending against a 17-year-old girl. All are facing a conspiracy to commit arson charge. 

"Those three individuals were in the car with Cody Cashion at the time that the flare gun was fired from the car or the vicinity of the car into the home that resulted in the fatal fire," said Floyd County Prosecutor Keith Henderson.

The fire started around 2 a.m. on Jan. 4 at a home off Ealy Avenue near State Street, killing three children: 6-year-old Tai'zah, 4-year-old Tyrese and 2-year-old Trinity.

Henderson said all four teens returned to the scene after learning of the deaths of the three children, found the shell of the flare and threw it away.

The victim's grandmother, Marie Clark, sobbed upon learning the news of three more teens charged in the case.

"My babies got caught in something they didn't have anything to do with," Clark said, noting that the kids did not live in the home that caught fire.

Prosecutors said the children were asleep in a bedroom while their mother was visiting a friend's house to do laundry. Henderson said both adults were outside when the fire started and that he did not expect any more people to be charged in the case.

Clark questioned why the girls didn't go to police after learning the flare had killed the children.

"I pray to God we get them the justice they deserve. They stole their lives."   

Five-year-old Taty'ana is the only child who survived the fire. She continues to improve at a hospital in Indianapolis, after suffering burns over 20 percent of her body.

"She's doing great," Clark said, mentioning that her grandchild walked for the first time without assistance at the hospital on Thursday.

Prosecutors also released the probable cause documents that say Cashion fired into the home seeking revenge for a robbery.

The juvenile in the car told investigators Makowsky fired a flare at the home on Ealy Street three days before the fatal fire and missed. The court records say teens also fired a flare at another New Albany home on the night in questions but it landed in the yard and did no damage.

Cashion has already pleaded not guilty to all three charges of murder, and one count of arson.

Investigators say they do not believe Cashion intended to kill the children, who did not live at the home. Police believe he was seeking revenge over a property dispute.

Cashion also faces a charge of attempted murder in Clark County for allegedly intentionally ramming a Clarksville police cruiser, injuring the driver.


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