(PHOTOS) Madonna Badger Attempts Suicide, Michael Borcina Criminal Investigation Continues

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Madonna Badger, the mother of three young girls who perished in a house fire on Christmas Day, along with her parents, is believed to have tried to kill herself.  I can not imagine the grief she is dealing with.  On top of it all, Michael Borcina, the boyfriend who survived the fire with her is being thoroughly investigated for possible criminal charges.  Check out the latest details here…

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Madonna Badger, whose boyfriend was the only other survivor in the blaze which may have been started by embers from a yule log, was taken to hospital last Thursday after injuring herself.  A relative told New York Daily News:

‘She is okay…She is out [of the hospital] and somewhere safe. It’s just terrible, nobody could really hold up well under the circumstances.’

A source speaking to CBS 2 added that Mrs Badger ‘is now in a safe place surrounded by family and longtime friends’.

It follows the funeral of the three girls on January 5, where their grieving mother said:

‘When I used to hear about people losing a child I would say I could never ever, ever live through losing my babies.’

Police say smoke detectors and fire extinguishers may have been removed from the Connecticut home where a deadly fire erupted on Christmas Day, killing the three young girls and their grandparents.

New reports suggest smoke alarms were in place before the fire, but were removed as part of a renovation process on the $1.7 million Victorian. Construction workers, overseen by their mother’s boyfriend, contractor Michael Borcina, are being investigated for possible criminal charges.

Victims: Lomer and Pauline Johnson and their grandchildren, from left, Lily, Grace, Sarah and Morgan - who was not in the house - perished in the Christmas morning blaze

According to CBS 2, investigators have talked to several people involved in the work being done on the five-bedroom home, which was being overseen by Mr Borcina. Mrs Badger was interviewed last week.

Construction workers allegedly told investigators the alarms and extinguishers were removed and stored in the garage when painters began working on the house. Police would not confirm those reports.

The network also reports that Matthew Badger, the girls father and Mrs Badger’s estranged husband, has hired a private investigation firm to look into the fire.

Michael Ciravolo, a retired NYPD investigator not associated with the investigation for Mr Badger, told the network:

‘If they find something that in their estimation is criminality or negligence on the part of someone, they have a duty and I’m sure they will take it to the police.’

Police have officially ruled out any foul play in the investigation into the Badger home fire, but are now looking to see if there are any accidental criminal charges that will be filed. Specifically, charges of criminally negligent homicide or reckless manslaughter are both possible charges in a case like this. Stamford police say they hope to wrap up their investigation in the next two weeks.

Mr Borcina’s company, Tiberias Construction, has been heavily scrutinized during the investigation, and it has been discovered that several required forms were missing.  The house did not have a new certificate of occupancy since the Badgers moved in, and MrBorcina’s contracting licenses had expired at the time of the fire. His contractor registration for work in the state of Connecticut expired in 2000, and his home improvement license for the state of New York expired in June 2010.

Mr Borcina has hired Eugene Riccio, a high-profile criminal defense attorney, to represent him in this case, but this is not his first run in with the law over his construction sites.  Greenwich Time earlier reported that he owes almost $100,000 in from previous legal judgements.  He is also in the midst of two other lawsuits from clients – one in Manhattan and one in Long Island.

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  1. god bless these children and their grandparents
    may our criminal system find justice on behalf of these
    beautiful and innocent souls

  2. I too cannot stop reading about this – I actually look for more news but am wondering how long results of the invesitgation will take. I’m so afraid Borcina will only get a fine – which of course Badger will pay. Yes, he is disgusting to us – but not to Badger who quickly became addicted to his action – the Italian Stallion. How insulting to the world to see those two arm-in-arm arriving at the funeral, and his hand on her shoulder in nearly every photo. I realize Matthew Badger’s girlfriend did the same but it was so sickening to see his huge paw on her shoulder. The big showy funeral in NYC bothered me also; what a spectacle!! And how she could talk for 20 minutes about those children is beyond me. This should have been a private event.

    Only they know what really happened that night; the others are unable to tell us. I think we already know there were no fire alarms/smoke detectors in the home, and there were no permits, etc. The Borcina modus operandi was to move in with the client, and perhaps they are still together. Afterall, the home was probably insured, and a big check is forthcoming. I expect she will sell the Shippan Ave. property and Borcina will work with her on a new one.

    • @a follower, I am constantly searching for updates as well. I knew something was fishy about this when I first heard the news. I hope the investigators get to the bottom of it all and justice is served for all the innocent lives lost in this tragedy.

  3. I cannot stop reading about this, it breaks my heart. I wonder if the “tone” or any insinuations of the questioning by the police had anything to do with her suicide attempt. All I know is that I could not, nor would I want to live after losing my children like this. Her guilt has to be immeasurable. I do not understand her bringing the boyfriend to the funeral however, that bothered me. I guess maybe she was just in shock. His whole air seemed so smug and callous, and everything we are learning about him fits the cocky way he looked. I just want justice to be served for those poor children, and their brave and dutiful grandparents who gave their lives trying to undo one mans arrogant stupidity.( self admitted,who leaves hot fire place ashes or yule logs in a mud room) Because that day, early on Christmas morning, Mr. Borcina got a whiff of where he might be going for all eternity, and I think he got a quick glimpse of what hell looks like .

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