Father Convicted of Manslaughter After Children Die In Fire

San Diego Father Whose Children Died in Condo Fire Convicted of Involuntary Manslaughter for Falling Asleep With Lit Cigarette Father Found Guilty In Fire That Killed His 2 Children> A...

San Diego Father Whose Children Died in Condo Fire Convicted of Involuntary Manslaughter for Falling Asleep With Lit Cigarette

Father Found Guilty In Fire That Killed His 2 Children>

A San Diego man whose two children died in a fire at their home has been convicted of involuntary manslaughter.

Prosecutors said Henry Lopez fell asleep with a lit cigarette, sparking a fire in his Rancho Bernardo home in 2017. His 10-year-old son, Cristos, died from burns and his 7-year-old daughter, Isabella, died from smoke inhalation.

Lopez’s attorney argued that there was no evidence a cigarette caused the deadly blaze and that a defective cell phone was a more likely source for the fire, KTLA sister station KSWB reported.

In addition to manslaughter, Lopez was found guilty Monday of child endangerment and recklessly causing a fire causing great bodily injury.

He could be sentenced to more than 16 ½ years in prison.


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