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.
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.