Four children dead after house fire south of Lubbock, father charged

Four children dead after house fire south of Lubbock, father charged
UPDATE: 4 children dead after house fire near Wolfforth Wednesday night
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Emergency officials at the scene of a Wednesday night mobile home fire confirm four children were killed. And now, the father of three of the children has been charged in connection with their deaths.

Thursday afternoon, the Lubbock County Sheriffs Office announced Wesley Lance Harvey, 28, is charged with four counts of abandoning or endangering a child with criminal negligence. His arrest warrant states he had left the children at the home with space heaters in use.

Wesley Lance Harvey date of birth XX-XX-1990 was placed under arrest for unrelated misdemeanor warrants on 11-8-18 at approximately 5:00 am. While continuing the investigation an additional warrant for Abandoning or Endangering a Child was obtained for Wesley Lance Harvey. Wesley Lance Harvey is currently in the Lubbock County Detention Center awaiting arraignment on all charges. There were no other injuries because of this fire. We are continuing to investigate the cause of the fire and any additional criminal charges that are applicable. We have no further comment at this time.

The children were identified as 7-year-old Elijah Lucas, 4-year-old Kenneth Harvey, 3-year-old Twilah Harvey and 2-year-old Weslynn Harvey.

LUBBOCK COUNTY, Texas – The Lubbock County Sheriff's Office announced the arrest of Wesley Lance Harvey, 28, for abandoning or endangering a child. His arrest was related to the fire that killed four children overnight.

Gut wrenching: 4 children dead in Lubbock County house fire, father charged

Wesley Harvey is the father of the three younger children, and lived at the home with the children and their mother, who was at work at the time.

After releasing the initial statement, LCSO provided an update to say the suspect is the father of three of the four children. They also said Harvey lived at the residence.

He admitted to police he left the home for an hour while the children were sleeping, arriving 20 minutes after firefighters arrived. Thats when firefighters learned there were children inside.

Harveys arrest warrant says the children were burned and had smoke related injuries. The older three were transported to UMC where they were pronounced dead. Weslynn Harvey was pronounced dead at the scene.

Wolfforth, Carlisle and Woodrow volunteer fire departments responded to the scene, alongside deputies with the Lubbock County Sheriffs Office. The state fire marshal is currently investigating the fire.

“The Frenship ISD family shares our deepest condolences as we grieve today with those who experienced tragic loss in last nights house fire. We extend our love and deepest sympathies to the families affected as we carry the burden of this tragedy together,” Penney said.

Officials with Frenship ISD were able to confirm Elijah Lucas was a student with the school district and gave this statement: The Frenship ISD family shares our deepest condolences as we grieve today with those who experienced tragic loss in last nights house fire. We extend our love and deepest sympathies to the families affected as we carry the burden of this tragedy together.

The childrens grandfather released a statement to KCBDs Amanda Ruiz Thursday night. They will be missed. Eli was so smart and sweet he never left our house with out telling us he loved us, we were so blessed to have him in our family since he was 4 months old. Ledger was funny and always said something to make his aunt laugh. Twilah was the little girl that asked for a pink dress and pretty rings. Weslynn was very serious but could wrap you around her finger with one look of her big blue eyes. They were very loved and came to our house every Sunday for dinner, they are missed by a very large family and we were very blessed to have them.

Wesley Lance Harvey, 28, was booked into the Lubbock County Detention Center on a charge of abandoning or endangering a child, a state-jail felony that carries a punishment of 180 days to two years in a state jail. His bail is set at $50,000.

Wesley Lance Harvey. Image via the Lubbock County Detention Center.  [ +  – ]

Lubbock County Sheriffs deputies arrested a 28-year-old man who reportedly admitted to leaving his children home alone before a fire erupted in their West Lubbock residence and killed them, according to an arrest warrant.

WOLFFORTH, Texas (KLBK) — Four children were killed after a residence caught fire late Wednesday south of Wolfforth, Lubbock County officials said. On Thursday afternoon, Wesley Lance Harvey, 28, was arrested on abandoning or endangering a child charges, the Lubbock County Sheriff's Office said.

“I was out here 10 minutes before they actually found somebody,” he said. “I saw (first responders) brought the two kids out and they were doing CPR in the ambulance. Its just gut wrenching now, knowing everything else.”

On Wednesday, just before 11 p.m., multiple volunteer fire departments were called to reports of a structure fire at the 14000 block of County Road 1430. Later, on Thursday morning, officials said four children died.

Harvey was the father of three of the four children, the sheriff's office said. He also lived at the residence.

The Frenship Independent School District confirmed Thursday that one child was a student there. The children's names have not been released.

The Lubbock County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a structure fire in the 14000 block of County Road 1430, at approximately 11:00 pm on 11-7-18.

Deputies along with Wolfforth and Carlisle Volunteer Fire Departments and Emergency Medical Services located four children inside the residence and attempted lifesaving measures. Four young children from one year old to seven years are deceased.

The State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Lubbock County Sheriff’s Office are continuing to investigate the cause of the fire and any pending criminal charges.

The Frenship ISD family shares our deepest condolences as we grieve today with those who experienced tragic loss in last night’s house fire. We extend our love and deepest sympathies to the families affected as we carry the burden of this tragedy together.


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