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Police investigate deadly apartment fire

It was an emotional Sunday at Chickasaw Apartments. Eboni Mullins watched on as a neighbor pulled two little boys out of a burning unit.

"When I saw them bring that baby, I just fell to the ground because I was hoping and praying that those kids weren't in there," she said.

Paramedics rushed the boys, ages two and five, to LeBonheuer Children's Hospital. Doctors pronounced five-year-old Jeremy Gunn dead on arrival. Memphis Police say when the fire broke out, it appears no adults were inside apartment number 12.

Neighbors say that's happened before.

"She leaves them in there sometimes. This is one incident that caught up with her," Millins explained.

Mary Anne Jackson's son played with Jeremy.

"He spoke to me this morning," she lamented.

Jackson hung a teddy bear on the wooden board now covering the apartment door. She made a plea to all parents to keep close watch on their children.

"Don't let this happen to another mother. To see your child burned up in a house like this. Please!" she pleaded.

Homicide detectives are now questioning the mothers of both toddlers as neighbors try to cope with the loss.

"A fire has no name. It's just too tragic," Jackson said.

The Memphis Fire Department is investigating the cause of the fire. As the medical examiner gathers more information, police plan to review the case Monday morning to determine if charges are appropriate in this case. Meanwhile, the two-year-old remains in critical condition.

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