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Third child dies in deadly DeKalb County fire; Incident report released

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DECATUR, GA (CBS46) -

A third child who was injured in a fatal DeKalb County fire on December 12 has died.

Five children were caught in a house fire on Misty Valley Road.

Two children were pronounced dead at the scene, while another child was rushed to the hospital. That child died Tuesday.

Investigators said the children were home alone and their mother, 28-year-old Rockell Coleman, faces charges of murder and child cruelty in all three deaths.

According to the police report, an officer first talked with Coleman after being handed a phone by a neighbor who was at the scene. Coleman was on the phone with the neighbor while driving back home from Downtown Atlanta.

Coleman told the officer that a 34-year-old babysitter was supposed to be with the children, but the babysitter was not found, according to the incident report.

The children's grandmother, Lydia Pinckney, identified the babysitter as her son's ex-girlfriend. She said the two were friends, but now the family can't find her.

"She came to stay with my daughter about three weeks ago," said Pinckney. "From that night until now, it's like she disappeared from the face of the earth. She's not responding to telephone calls, voice messages, text messages, nothing at all."

When police were unable to find the babysitter at the scene, an officer asked Coleman for the babysitter's number. When the officer dialed the number provided, it was disconnected, according to the report.

Delbra Jennings lives in the house across the street from where Coleman lived with her children. She was devastated when she found out about the fire.

"Just good children, well-behaved," said Jennings. "It's something that should have never happened," Jennings said.

When Jennings noticed that Coleman had five children, she said she told Coleman that she could help babysitter the kids whenever she needed help. However, Jennings said Coleman never asked for her help.

"I told her if she needed anything, or needed me to do anything, I would be willing to help her, and that was our last conversation," Jennings added.

In a court appearance, Coleman was denied bond and her next court date isn't until early 2015.

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