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Investigators look through the remains of the mobile home destroyed by the fire (Source: KTRE Staff) Investigators look through the remains of the mobile home destroyed by the fire (Source: KTRE Staff)
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JOAQUIN, TX (KTRE) -

The sibling of a two year-old girl killed in a house fire in Joaquin on Wednesday has been placed in foster care, according to CPS Spokesperson Shari Pulliam.

Pulliam could only say that the move was done to make sure the child was safe until the investigation could be completed.

On Wednesday, a fire destroyed a mobile home in the 400 block of Lone Cedar Road. Justice of the Peace Margie Anderson pronounced 2 year-old Roseyln Whitteck dead at the scene.

Anderson said the girl's mother, Raven Belinda Whitteck, 29, and her four-year-old son were also in the fire. The boy is OK, but the mother had to be airlifted to a Galveston hospital for burn injuries.

"This was the worst I have ever went to and I've been doing this for 11 years," Anderson said. "It's just one of these things I have to do and I just turn it over to the good Lord and He takes care of me."

The Shelby County Sheriff's Office and the Texas Fire Marshal's office were on scene Thursday to continue their investigation.

"To my knowledge it appeared to me that the four year old went out the window of the trailer somewhere," Sheriff Willis Blackwell said. "That's the same location the baby was found. I don't know if anybody went out at all. It's just one of those unfortunate things in a fire. You get a mobile home at this age and it probably went in a matter of minutes. Trying to get out with fire all around you and not knowing where your kids are. It's just a wonder anybody made it out at all."

The State Fire Marshal office said the case is still under investigation and could not say if the fire appeared to be suspicious.

Roseyln's father Jessie told KTRE over the phone that Raven would be checked out of the burn unit by the end of the day Thursday. Calls to ask about the placement of the other child into CPS custody were not returned.

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