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Spokane Tribe, Washington


Jamesetta R. Shealeay of Spokane, whose young sons died in a Jan. 16 house fire has been charged with three counts of second-degree manslaughter. Shealeay, 29, was ordered held in lieu of $100,000 bail Nov. 21. She faces a sentence of 31 to 41 months in prison. Anthony L. Allen, 6, Malcom J. Allen, 5, and 2-year-old William A. Shealeay died in the fire. Shealeay admitted to investigators she was intoxicated and had taken painkillers that night. Toxicology reports indicate each of the children had elevated levels of dextromethorphan, a substance found in over-the-counter cough medicine. Investigators from the fire department and federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms determined the fire was incendiary. Shealeay suggested one of the boys may have accidentally started the fire playing with a lighter. Two were accused of setting a garage fire the previous summer. The boys were not supposed to have been with her. Their father, Anthony Allen, is a member of the tribe which placed them with Shealeay's half-sister. Shealeay took the boys, without permission and in violation of a tribal court order, a week before they died. Ten-week-old twin girls died in 1995, when Shealeay wrapped them in blankets and turned up the heat. Investigators ruled their deaths an accident.