Children found in gas-filled home mothers held


Two women, the mothers of three children who were discovered untended Christmas morning in a West Baltimore apartment filling with gas, have been arrested and charged with attempted murder, the police said yesterday.

When a police officer arrived at the apartment in the 2500 block of Madison Avenue about 2:30 a.m., he found the three children -- two 4-month-old boys and a 4-year-old girl -- alone in the apartment, with unlighted oven burners pouring out gas.

The three children, who apparently suffered no lasting effects from the gas, have been turned over to the Department of Social Services pending custody hearings.

Authorities believed that the children were alone in the apartment for at least 10 hours. About a half-hour after the police arrived to check out reports of gas in the building, the two mothers -- who are sisters -- returned.

Kim W. Jackson, 25, the mother of two of the children, and Maxine M. Jackson, 31, the mother of the third child, were immediately arrested, the police said.

Kim Jackson was charged with two counts each of attempted murder, child neglect, child abuse and reckless endangerment; Maxine Jackson faces one count of each charge, the police said.

Both were being held last night at the Women's Detention Center awaiting a bail hearing.

Ernest Young, a maintenance worker in the building, said Kim Jackson moved into the building about a month ago.

He said Maxine Jackson moved into an apartment above Kim Jackson's on Christmas Eve, after her mother paid a month's rent as a Christmas present.

The police said the children were found in Kim Jackson's apartment.

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