Flint Woman pleads to 2016 Arson Case that Killed Three Children

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FLINT, MI – It is difficult to call a woman mother when she has admitted that she was involved in an arson case that killed her own children.Erica Marie Starkey

A Flint woman has plead guilty to charges for her role in an arson case that killed three children including her own son and daughter two years ago.

Erica Marie Starkey, 41-years-old, of Flint, plead no contest to three counts of second degree murder and eight other charges related to the June 10, 2016 deaths of her children, 4-year-old Kayden Hull and 13-year-old Onyah Starkey, along with the death of Onyah’s friend, 14-year-old Brianna Beaushaw.

The three died inside Starkey’s burning home which had been set on fire by co-defendant Rodney King, 42 of Flint. King plead guilty last month to three counts of second degree murder and one count of first degree arson for setting Starkey’s home on fire while the three children were sleeping inside. The 4-year-old was found in a first floor bedroom that had been secured shut with a padlock while the teen girls were found motionless in the doorway of a second floor bedroom.

According to testimony from the preliminary examination, Starkey and King had met on the street in the early morning hours of June 10, 2016 and were doing drugs and drinking alcohol together at Starkey’s home. A one point, Starkey left King at her home under the guise of going to look for more drugs while the children were asleep in their rooms. When Starkey failed to return, King set her house on fire with the children still inside.

Starkey faces a minimum 18 years in prison when she is sentenced on June 22nd.

Based on records from the Michigan Department of Corrections, Erica Starkey was previously convicted for:

  • 2 counts of Uttering and Publishing
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