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Grand jury indicts grandmother in 2010 fire death

Posted: December 5, 2011 - 12:49pm

The Associated Press

ANCHORAGE — A 54-year-old woman rescued from a Wasilla house fire in 2010 has been indicted on a manslaughter charge.

The Anchorage Daily News reports that Zina Joseph is charged with accidently starting the fire that killed her grandson, 6-year-old Hayden Martin.

Palmer prosecutor Trina Sears says investigators concluded that Joseph was drunk and that the fire originated in her bedroom, where she had been smoking.

Alaska State Troopers said at the time a neighbor was able to rescue Joseph but could not reach the child.

Sears says Joseph’s blood alcohol limit was more than twice the legal limit to drive.

Law enforcement officials arrested Joseph in September. She was released on $10,000 bail in November.

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