Man sentenced in Wichita fire that killed child

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WICHITA, Kansas (AP) — A Wichita man who left his girlfriend’s young children alone before a fire broke out at their home was sentenced to four years and three months in prison.

Twenty-four-year-old Adrian Johnson was sentenced Thursday for three counts of child endangerment and three felony drug counts.

Prosecutors say Ruthie Bell left her three children with Johnson on July 11 while she went to work.

Johnson left the children alone, and Bell’s 6-year-old daughter, Ja’Kara Dickson, found a lighter and started her clothes on fire, which spread to the house. She died two days later. Her sisters weren’t seriously injured.

Bell was sentenced Wednesday to probation.

The state has custody of Bell’s five children but she is trying to regain custody.

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