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Mom of 3 who died in fire grew up amid child abuse

By: AP Email
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MILWAUKEE (AP) -- A Wisconsin woman whose three children died in a fire, locked in their bedroom while she was away, grew up in a home marked by fatal child abuse.

Angelica Belen, of West Allis, received numerous warnings and faced multiple charges of neglect before the fire.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/YDZ2qe) the case has more than passing similarities with another case that outraged the community. The newspaper reports that Belen's mother is Dawn Sosa, whose 17-month-old girl was found beaten and starved to death 20 years ago this month.

Belen was 3 years old at the time. Her mother's boyfriend was convicted of beating the child, and her mother pleaded guilty to child neglect.

Belen and her siblings were placed in foster care and bounced from home to home.


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