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Charge filed in deadly Fulton County fire

Posted at: 04/08/2013 12:05 PM
Updated at: 04/08/2013 8:09 PM
By: Steve Flamisch

GLOVERSVILLE -- A city woman is charged in connection with the fire that killed her family friend on March 20.

Jamie Ormanian-VanSlyke, 31, left her three young children at home without proper supervision, police said. While she was gone, her four year-old son used a lighter to ignite a blanket. The resulting fire moved quickly through the Fifth Ave. home.

The child, his sisters, and their grandfather made it out safely but Donald Larimore, 41, died in the fire, police said.

Larimore and the children's grandfather, Marcus VanSlyke, had been drinking heavily before the fire, making them incapable of adequately supervising the kids, police said. 

Ormanian-VanSlyke is charged with three counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child, punishable by up to three years in jail or $3,000 in fines.

"This is a bunch of bullcrap," Ormanian-VanSlyke told NewsChannel13. "I left for two minutes. I told [the 12 year-old] to keep an eye on the kids. She is fine to babysit."

Police contend Ormanian-VanSlyke was gone for closer to 15 minutes -- not two -- and that her 12 year-old daughter was not mature enough to watch the two-year-old and the four-year-old.

"It was glaringly apparent in this case that the 12 year-old who was home was not old enough or mature enough to maintain supervision," Capt. John Sira, Jr. said.

Ormarian-VanSlyke, whose house was destroyed in the fire, is now staying with her mother. She still has custody of her children. Her next court appearance is scheduled for April 15.