Grand jury indicts parents from Dec. fire

By STAFF REPORTS,

An Attala County Grand Jury has indicted the parents of three children that died in a house fire last December.

The grand jury charged both Rachel Ann Keith and John Denver Leach with three counts of felony child neglect. The Dec. 10, 2016 fire on Attala Road 3217 near the Friendship Community, killed the couple’s three children. According to authorities, parents were not at home at the time of the fire, which happened just after midnight.

Attala County Sheriff Tim Nail said Keith and Leach were both arrested and taken to the Leake County Correctional Facility where they are waiting to appear before the Circuit Court judge.

Keith and Leach could face a maximum sentence of 15 years in jail.