NEW ALBANY, Ind. (WHAS11) – A teenager was charged Tuesday in the fatal fire that killed three children and injured another.
Cody Cashion, who was already in custody in Clark County on unrelated charges, was charged in connection with that fire. Cashion is charged with three counts of murder and one count of arson.
Police said Cashion fired a flare gun at the house on Ealy Street in New Albany in the early morning hours of Jan. 4, 2014. He was allegedly in a dispute with a resident of that home, but police will not say who that person is.
Police said they believe Cashion did not know the children were in the home at the time.
Keith Henderson, Floyd County prosecutor, said the fire department could only tell the fire started in front of a space heater, but that it was not the source and the flare actually is the source of the fire.
The Jan. 4 fire killed 2-year-old Trinity Hughes, 4-year-old Tyrese Hughes and 6-year-old Tai'zah Hughes. A coroner says smoke inhalation was the cause of death for all three. One sibling, a 5-year-old, survived. She sustained burns to 35 percent of her body and is being treated at Riley Children’s Hospital in Indianapolis.
Cashion, 18, was arrested, along with an unidentified 16-year-old, after he was allegedly drunk when he crashed into a Clarksville Police cruiser at 4 a.m. on January 8, 2014. An officer was hospitalized as a result of that accident, but has since been released. Cashion was charged with multiple felonies including operating while intoxicated, resisting law enforcement and attempted murder of a police officer.