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Father charged with manslaughter after home-alone sons die in fire

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The father of two boys who died after their Detroit home caught fire has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with the death of his sons.

36-year-old Kevin Deon Washington is also charged with two counts of child abuse second degree (failure to properly supervise the children so that defendant could help them escape).

The manslaughter charge carries a maximum of 15 years in prison and the child abuse charge can be up to four years.

"Children left home alone have been glorified and celebrated in movies. This case is a prime example of the real consequences of children left home by themselves," said Prosecutor Kym Worthy.

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Police say the 1- and 4-year-old boys were left alone in their northwest Detroit home. Firefighters pulled them from an upstairs bedroom of the burning house, but the boys later were pronounced dead at separate hospitals.

Washington was arraigned in 36th District Court and received a $100,000 cash bond. The preliminary examination is scheduled for December 19.

-The Associated Press contributed to this report

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