Mother indicted in fiery deaths of 2 little girls

January 05, 1995|By Jay Apperson | Jay Apperson,Sun Staff Writer

Rene Elizabeth Aulton, the woman arrested on charges of killing her two small girls by setting fire to the family's Canton rowhouse, was indicted yesterday on murder and arson charges.

City prosecutors said they do not expect to charge anyone else in the deaths. "There is nothing to indicate at this time she did anything but act alone," said Ilene J. Nathan, the assistant state's attorney who presented the case to a city grand jury.

The indictments do not mention Ms. Aulton's boyfriend, Frank J. Wooters, Ms. Nathan said.

Police sources said at the time of Ms. Aulton's arrest that she had set the fire in an apparent effort to maintain her relationship with the boyfriend. Police said Ms. Aulton told investigators that she believed her boyfriend disliked her 2-year-old daughter, who was of mixed race.

But Mr. Wooters said shortly after the fire that he loved both of the daughters. He could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Ms. Aulton told police that she set the Nov. 15 fire in her house in the 2300 block of Fleet Street to kill daughters Christina Marie Lambert, 4, and Natalie Michelle Aulton, 2, according to charging documents filed in court. Police have not released the text of her statement, which was given during six hours of questioning eight days after the fire.

Ms. Aulton's oldest child, a boy born in 1988, was in the custody of her mother at the time of the fire. Ms. Aulton has been described by her mother as an emotionally disturbed, stubborn woman who resisted the attempts of family members and friends to help her and would listen only to her boyfriends.

Michael N. Gambrill, an assistant public defender representing Ms. Aulton, refused to discuss whether an insanity defense would be presented.

Ms. Aulton is being held without bail at the women's detention center. Her arraignment on two counts of first-degree murder and one count of arson is set for Feb. 2.

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