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DECATUR, GA (CBS46) -

Rockell Coleman was at DeKalb County Superior Court Thursday to ask a judge to overturn an order forbidding her from having any contact with her kids who are still alive.

Prosecutors said Coleman left her five children home alone when her house in Decatur caught fire. Three of her sons died.

Coleman's lawyers asked that the court grant her supervised visits.

But Assistant District Attorney, Mirna Andrews argued that Coleman's two surviving children are the only witnesses who were at the home the night of the fire and that Coleman could influence her children's testimonies if the case goes to trial.

"It is the state's position the defendant should not have contact with her surviving children," Andrews said.

Andrews argued that Coleman showed a consistent pattern of neglect and abuse. One of Coleman's surviving boys told investigators the night of the fire was not the first time the mother left her children unsupervised, Andrews said.

"The child was very clear that the mother not only left them alone that night, but has often left them home alone," Andrews said.

Andrews said the home had no heat and that the children often begged neighbors for food. One of those times was especially heartbreaking.

"The neighbors would say there was a child crawling down the street with dirty diaper, three of four days old, a very a full diaper," Andrews said.

Coleman has insisted she was at work and that a babysitter was supposed to have been watching the children the night of the fire.

Andrews said she can prove Coleman knowingly walked out without anyone to watch her children.

"We have evidence from the mother's phone that shows she was at a restaurant, eating dinner while her children were at home with no food and no heat," Andrews said.

Coleman was visibly shaken after the judge denied her request.

When asked if she left her children home, without food, Coleman responded "no, I don't want to do this right now" then walked away.

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