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Mom charged in fire deaths is sibling of girl killed in '92

Published On: Apr 21 2013 02:53:47 PM CDT
Updated On: Apr 21 2013 03:08:00 PM CDT

Angelica Belen

MILWAUKEE -

A Wisconsin woman whose three children died in a fire, locked in their bedroom while she was away, grew up in a home marked by fatal child abuse.

Angelica Belen, of West Allis, received numerous warnings and faced multiple charges of neglect before the fire.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported the case has more than passing similarities with another case that outraged the community. The newspaper reports that Belen's mother is Dawn Sosa, whose 17-month-old girl was found beaten and starved to death in 1992.

Belen was 3 years old at the time. Her mother's boyfriend was convicted of beating the child, and her mother pleaded guilty to child neglect.

Belen and her siblings were placed in foster care and bounced from home to home.

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