Man in custody for fire that killed toddler

MENASHA, Wis. (AP) — A man wanted in connection with a house fire that killed a toddler in Menasha has turned himself in to police.

A criminal complaint alleges 29-year-old Vernon Williams was drunk and asleep when a 3-year-old, playing with a lighter, started a blanket on fire Sept. 6. That child and a 5-year-old escaped the fire, but an 18-month-old boy was killed.

WLUK-TV reports a neighbor woke Williams who attempted to save the toddler, but couldn’t get to him. Williams was treated for burns. Medical personnel say a blood test showed an alcohol content of .25.

Authorities say the child who died had burns covering 70 percent of his body.

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This story has been changed to correct the age of the victim to 18 months old, instead of 18 years old.

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Information from: WLUK-TV, http://www.fox11online.com

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