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Three Children Killed, Three Injured in Late Night Fire

September 10, 1996

EARLSBORO, Okla. (AP) _ An 11-year-old girl who was left to care for five younger relatives tried desperately to save them when fire swept their mobile home. She was able to rouse a brother and a cousin but three other children died.

``I really wanted to go back in and get the rest of my family,″ Yvette Talton said today at her grandmother’s house, where she was recovering from smoke inhalation and burns on her hands and face.

Authorities said two of the three mothers of the children had gone to play bingo while the other went to work Monday evening.

It was unclear who was supposed to be caring for the children. Undersheriff Bob Thrasher said a boy older than Yvette was supposed to be baby-sitting but left her in charge instead, while a neighbor, Melinda McCray, said the mothers normally traded off watching the children and apparently missed connections. Yvette’s mother, Hattie Talton, and the two other women were sisters.

Yvette was awakened by smoke and tried to wake up the other children, but three of them died.

The victims were identified as Yvette’s 18-month-old brother, McCale Talton, and cousins Charles Talton, 8, and Taze Talton, 7. Yvette’s 9-year-old brother, Norman Daniels, and a 6-year-old cousin, Tiffany Talton, escaped with minor injuries.

Firefighters said the blaze may have started near a stove, but the cause was not yet determined.

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