DETROIT (WWJ) – Police say the mother of two young girls who died in a fire in their Detroit home Wednesday had agreed to a polygraph test but has since changed her mind.
The father of 10-year-old Lataya and her 8-year-old sister Alaya Cook took a polygraph, but police are not releasing the results. The father, Deonte Cook, said yesterday that he made it out of the home but was unable to convince his daughters to jump to safety.
“My brother loved those girls so much. He would never have abandoned them. He came out of the house with the intentioned of catching the girls,” says Margarite Cook, the father’s sister.
Neighbors are still reeling from the tragedy…and some like Trisha are reliving the moments when the fire struck.
“(I don’t) see how you could kill some kids, you know, even attempt to harm them, to throw a bomb in there…that’s just terrible,” says neighbor Damien Perkins.
“We heard a big loud boom and then the sirens, it seemed the sirens went by so fast, you know,” says another neighbor.
Neighbors, meanwhile, are still adding to a makeshift memorial at the burned out home with stuffed animals, toys and other items.
“I didn’t know them, but that’s what you do in your heart. Give them all the support you can,” says a neighbor.
Autopsies were performed Thursday and the results are pending.
Police say an accelerate was used and are calling the fire at the home on Rolf’s Place Suspicious.