2 and 1-year-old girls burn alive after mother left them home alone to wash laundry

House fire (illustration) 
By: Chan Yuan

A mother was arrested on a charge of criminally negligent homicide after allegedly leaving her kids home alone while washing laundry, according to police in New York.

The New York Police Department said that they have arrested 27-year-old Haya Konte of the Bronx, after her two little children died in a fire that broke out in their home.

Konte has been charged with criminally negligent homicide and endangering the welfare of a child. She was released from custody without bail.

According to the police investigation, Konte left her daughters, Jainabu Jabbie, 2, and Adama Jabbie, 1, alone in their apartment at 1368 Webster Avenue in the Butler Houses, while she went to do laundry across the street.

Incense was left burning in two places in the home, and ignited a fire that swept through the apartment and killed the girls.