Ex-boyfriend held after fatal fire, legal status questioned

Arcadio Escobar charged with trespass in a habitation in Preble County. (Photo/Preble County Jail)

EATON, Ohio (WDTN) – The ex-boyfriend charged in connection to a fatal fire in Preble County appeared in court Thursday.

Arcadio Escobar, 34, pleaded not guilty in court to a charge of trespassing on the property where the fire started.

Malachi and Malea Bradburn killed in Preble County house fire on Saturday, February 21, 2015.  (WDTN Photo/provided)
Malachi and Malea Bradburn killed in Preble County house fire on Saturday, February 21, 2015. (WDTN Photo/provided)

Two children, Malea, 10, and Malachi, 9, Bradburn, were killed Saturday, February 21 when their home caught fire in the 3400 block of U.S. Route 35 near West Alexandria.

Deputies say their evidence proves that Escobar was at the house on the day of the fire, but they say he is not connected to starting the fire.

The children’s mother, Chastity Hall, is charged with two counts of child endangering. She is out of jail after posting bond.  Investigators say she was not home when the fire started.  She arrived on the scene and told firefighters here children were inside.

Escobar’s bond is set at $50,000. He is scheduled back into court on March 3.  He could ultimately face up to two years in prison if convicted.

Prosecutors say Escobar’s legal status is unclear.  Should it be discovered that he is in the country illegally, he could be deported and not allowed back into the United States.

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