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Posted: November 23, 2015

Father of siblings of Texas toddler who died in oven speaks out

By Cox Media Group National Content Desk

HOUSTON —

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The father of at least two of the children who were at home when a Texas toddler burned to death in an oven is speaking out about the tragedy.

According to KTRK, Fredrick Price is the ex-boyfriend of 19-month-old J'Zyra's mother, Racquel Thompson. The toddler died Nov. 16 after one of her 3-year-old siblings placed her in an oven and another turned it on, officials said. J'Zyra, the two 3-year-olds and a 5-year-old reportedly were left alone in their Houston apartment while Thompson and her current boyfriend, whose name was not given, went to pick up a pizza.

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Officials said this wasn't the first time the mother had left the children at home alone. Thompson told Child Protective Services that she frequently left the kids unsupervised while she dropped off her boyfriend at work, KTRK reported

"It's very irresponsible," Price, who said he is the father of the 3-year-olds but did not know whether J'Zyra was his daughter, told KTRK on Thursday. "Someone should have been here, or I should have gotten a phone call (to) come and get my children."

He lamented the loss of J'Zyra, whom he called "a cute little baby."

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Price said he wants custody of his kids, who went to live with Thompson after he lost his job.

"I haven't heard from my children in months," he told KTRK. "I've been trying to contact Racquel."

Those children are now in foster care, according to KTRKKPRC reported that after J'Zyra's death, the 5-year-old was placed in a separate home from the 3-year-olds. 

Thompson and her current boyfriend have not been charged in the incident. But officials with Child Protective Services said criminal charges likely will be filed, KTRK reported.

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