On the night the children died, Johnson and her boyfriend, Keith Pinkney, locked the three children in a bedroom and went to a fast-food restaurant, according to the release. While they were gone, something in the bedroom got too close to a space heater, and caught fire. Aliyah Quarles, 4, and Devyn Quarles, 3, died from asphyxiation and injuries caused by the fire, according to the release. A 2-year-old in the room survived but was hospitalized with burns.
Pinkney, who also faces counts of child cruelty and giving false statements to police and involuntary manslaughter, was not tried with Johnson. His trial date has not yet been scheduled.