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Couple Blames State For Death Of Grandchildren

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Kayndace and Akeelia Fisher Kayndace and Akeelia Fisher
Mitchell and Rose Stone Mitchell and Rose Stone

MCMINNVILLE, Tenn. - The grandparents of two McMinnville girls, who died in an apartment fire, are lashing out at the Department of Children's Services, blaming them for the girls' deaths.

The young girls died in May after being left alone in the Warren County home when it caught on fire.

The girls' grandparents, along with the father's attorney, are trying to place part of the blame on DCS. The grandparents said their son and his wife, Mitchell and Rose Stone, should have never had custody of the children in the first place.

"I'm even missin' them. I can't sleep at night at all," said grandmother Vicki Stone.

Vicki and Robert Stone blame the DCS for the death of their granddaughters, 3-year-old Kayndace and 1-year-old Akeelia.

"I want them to be charged with murder, and I mean it. I want them to be charged with murder," said Robert.

The children's father and stepmother are facing first degree murder charges for leaving the girls alone. The Stones said their mentally ill son, Mitchell, can not be held responsible for the deaths.

"He's got a water brain. When you've got a water brain, ain't that mental handicap?" said Robert.

The Stones said they made several complaints to DCS in the weeks leading up to the deadly fire.

They said the girls were neglected in a dirty home and often left alone by Mitchell and their stepmother. The grandparents said they should have lived with them or in a foster home.

"They should have never given them babies to them. They would've been still alive today," said Vicki.

Mitchell Stone's attorney, Larry Bryant, has filed a motion to review DCS complaint files. DCS has already turned over the files to a Warren County judge who will have the final say on their release.

Defense attorneys hope the information will shed more light on the case.

"Who was the neglectful person that ended up the cause of these girls' deaths? Was it our clients for leaving the children there, or was it DCS for placing them in our client's custody when they were not capable of taking care of them?" said Bryant.

DCS Statement from Rob Johnson:

"It is a shame that this defense attorney is trying to use the good case work of our department as an excuse for his clients' alleged inexcusable behavior.

Due to the criminal investigation and due to the fact that the judge is reviewing the DCS records as part of the ongoing proceedings, it would not be appropriate for DCS to discuss the specifics of this case.

What we can say is this: We worked very hard with the mother and the father and stepmother in this case. Our experienced case managers and supervisors, together with a whole team of community partners and counselors, performed their jobs admirably."

The judge could rule on whether to release the DCS files as early as next week.

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