Update (August 21, 2019): The car fire that killed a 3-year-old girl in Plainview has been ruled an accident.

The Plainview Fire Marshal made the announcement Tuesday, August 20th, regarding a car fire that occurred in a parking lot on August 16th.

The deadly fire started on the passenger side of the parked vehicle, a P.T. Cruiser.

The child’s father, 33-year-old Chris Cantrell, is accused of leaving his daughter unattended in the car for up to 10 minutes, and he has been charged with criminally negligent homicide.


 

Original Story: In Plainview, a three-year-old was killed in a vehicle fire on Friday, August 16th, and authorities say the father is partly to blame.

According to Plainview Police, a silver-colored Chrysler parked in front of a vape shop was first reported to be on fire at around 2:45 p.m.

Photo provided by KAMC News and Plainview Police Department.

Plainview firefighters responded to the blaze in the 3600 block of Olton Road and quickly put it out. The body of a three-year-old was found inside the car and identified as Tabitha Cantrell.

The girl’s father, Christopher Cantrell, was at the scene of the fire and taken into custody for questioning. He has now been charged with Criminally Negligent Homicide and the investigation is still ongoing.