Angelica Belen sentenced to 18 years in prison for death of children in fire
MILWAUKEE -- 24-year-old Angelica Belen was sentenced to 18 years in prison, and 18 years of extended supervision. In April 2013, three of Belen's children were killed in a house fire after she locked them in a room just before leaving for work.
A Milwaukee County judge sentenced Belen to six years in prison and six years of extended supervision for the death of each of her three children.
Court documents say Belen told police that was her first day at a new job, and she didn't have a babysitter. Before leaving for work Belen locked the three kids in a room on the second floor of the house. She told police she didn't want them tearing up the house or leaving the house where neighbors could see. Belen feared getting in more trouble with the child welfare bureau.
Four-year-old Alexis Colon, four-year-old Adrian Colon, and five-year-old Nayeli Colon were all killed in a West Allis fire on April 11th. The criminal complaint says the children were found huddled together under a dresser.
At the time of the house fire, Belen was already facing child neglect charges after citizens helped corral her children as they played in a store parking lot. Read the full story on this incident here.