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updated: 1/16/2013 5:20 PM

2 prosecutors suspended in deadly arson case

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Associated Press

The Cook County state's attorney has suspended two prosecutors for not charging a father for threatening to set his children on fire months before he actually committed the crime.

Authorities say Nathaniel Beller of Cicero died after setting a Dec. 29 fire that killed his 4-year-old daughter and burned his 9-year-old son. The children's mother also died in the blaze.

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Cook County State's Attorney Anita Alvarez says the two prosecutors were "ultimately responsible" for not charging Beller in September. That's when authorities say he filled a bathtub with gasoline and threatened to burn himself and his children.

The prosecutors were given 60-day unpaid suspensions. Alvarez says her office "must be accountable" for its actions.

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