The aunt of two children who died in a Chicago apartment fire has been sentenced to five years in prison.
Authorities said 22-year-old Britany Meakens pleaded guilty Friday to two felony counts of child endangerment. Judge Diane Cannon sentenced her. Prosecutors said Britany Meakens and 23-year-old Tatiana Meakens left four children alone in an apartment with space heaters and a hot plate while they went to a party.
Two-year-old Javaris Meakens and 3-year-old Jariyah Meakens died in the December blaze. The coroner said both children died from carbon-monoxide intoxication and inhaling smoke and soot.
Tatiana Meakens is the mother of the children who died. She is awaiting trial and held in the Cook County jail.