Judge Scolds DCFS For Refusing To Discuss Death Of Boy, 3, In Foster Home Fire: \'You Tell Me How He Died, OK?'

When 3-year-old Maqkwone Jones is laid to rest next week, he will be surrounded by a family that has rarely been together for nearly a year.

A Juvenile Court judge worked out a plan Friday that will allow Maqkwone's sister and three brothers to attend his funeral. All of them are in foster care and live apart from their mother.

Maqkwone died in a fire on the South Side last Sunday. Since then, his two older brothers, ages 8 and 9, have been placed in psychiatric hospitals, while a 2-year-old sister and a 5-month-old brother are in separate foster homes.

Under the deal worked out in court, the children will be reunited with the mother in time for Maqkwone's funeral on Tuesday. “I was quite concerned about the issue of the family being together and grief,’’ said Juvenile Court Judge Patrick Murphy.

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Maqkwone was alone in a locked apartment at 1421 E. 67th Place when fire spread from back porches about 10:30 a.m. Sunday, according to police and fire officials. None of the other siblings were in the home at the time.

The boy had been in the care of his mother's cousin, but she also was not home at the time. A friend of hers was sleeping at the apartment and told authorities she ran outside when the fire started, not realizing the boy was inside, according to police and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

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The friend said she learned the boy was inside when she called the mother's cousin. She alerted firefighters, who broke down the doors and found Maqkwone, according to Fire Department spokesman Larry Langford.

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During the hearing Friday, DCFS officials were concerned about removing the boys from the psychiatric care they were receiving.It wasn’t clear whether they had been told of their brother's death.

“Are you suggesting ignoring doctors’ orders?” asked Janet Ahern, an attorney with DCFS.

"They’re little kids, it could be arranged," Murphy responded. “If you want, I’ll pick up the phone and call."

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Chicago firefighters battle an extra-alarm fire at a multi-unit brick building at 1421 E. 67th Place on July 8, 2018, in the Grand Grossing neighborhood of Chicago.

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The judge called for a break so that he and the attorneys could contact the boys’ hospitals. After the hearing reconvened, Murphy said they came to an agreement. The boys will be able to visit their mother over the weekend as well as the day of the funeral.

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“We were able to phone and talk to the psychiatrists … The boys will be able to go home with people from the hospitals."

As the hearing ended, the judge spoke to the mother. “I'm very sorry about everything,” Murphy told her.

“Thank you for the coffeecake,” the mother replied.

“How about candy for the kids?” asked the judge, who pulled out a large bag of fruit snacks and handed several small packages to her. The mother, wearing white jeans and a pink short-sleeved shirt, placed them in her shoulder bag. “Take care of those kids now,” he said gently.

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Judge Scolds DCFS For Refusing To Discuss Death Of Boy, 3, In Foster Home Fire: \'You Tell Me How He Died, OK?'

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