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AUGUST 26, 13:41 ET

Ga. Mom Charged in Daughter's Death
Associated Press

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) A woman who meant to burn up her boyfriend's clothes sparked a blaze that swept through the house and killed her 3-year-old daughter, authorities said.

Jillian Smiley, 31, was charged with murder and arson Sunday and jailed without bond. Authorities said that she set fire to the clothes in anger, and the blaze then gutted the house.

Her daughter Icesys Smith was taking a nap before the fire began on Saturday, according to officials. Smiley, her boyfriend, Marcus Smith, and her six other children, ages 1 to 9, escaped to the front yard.

Smith and a neighbor tried to rescue Icesys but they could not get back in the house because the smoke was too intense.

At Sunday night's hearing, Smiley wept as a judge read the charges and set a preliminary hearing for Oct. 7.

Smiley turned to a friend in the courtroom, Michelle Ivey, and whispered: ``Michelle, I didn't mean to do this. I didn't mean to do this. I'm sorry.''

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