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MENASHA, Wis. — A man wanted in connection with a house fire that killed a toddler in Menasha has turned himself in to police.

A criminal complaint alleges 29-year-old Vernon Williams was drunk and asleep when a 3-year-old, playing with a lighter, started a blanket on fire Sept. 6. That child and a 5-year-old escaped the fire, but an 18-month-old boy was killed.

WLUK-TV reports a neighbor woke Williams who attempted to save the toddler, but couldn't get to him. Williams was treated for burns. Medical personnel say a blood test showed an alcohol content of .25.

Authorities say the child who died had burns covering 70 percent of his body.


This story has been changed to correct the age of the victim to 18 months old, instead of 18 years old.