Mum and dad of four kids killed in Stafford house fire released on bail as family claim 'they've done nothing wrong'

Mum and dad of four kids killed in Stafford house fire released on bail as family claim 'they've done nothing wrong'

February 9, 2019

Natalie Unitt, 24, and 28-year-old Chris Moulton were arrested on suspicion of manslaughter by gross negligence after the devastating fire ripped through their home on Tuesday.

The couple's release comes after family members told The Sun Online the pair had "done nothing wrong".

Riley, eight, Keegan, six, Tilly Rose, four, and three-year-old Olly all died in the blaze.

Natalie escaped by jumping out of a bedroom window with Chris, who was clutching their two-year-old son Jack. Eldest child Riley is from Natalie's earlier relationship with his dad Matt Holt.

Staffordshire Police have said the pair have been bailed while enquiries into the devastating fire continue.

A police spokesperson said: "We understand this incident has had a huge impact on the community in Highfields and beyond and we appreciate there will continue to be demand for information.

"We urge people not to speculate as to what may have happened. We are grateful for the community’s ongoing support and patience as the investigation continues."


Relatives of the couple slammed cops over the arrest on Friday as they said the parents were "grieving" for their four tragic children.

One, who declined to be named, said: "They’re grieving for the kids they’ve lost, they’re just out of hospital and now banged up in a cell. We don’t understand why.

"Their baby got pulled out alive and now he’s traumatised. His three brothers and sister have gone and he just wants to be comforted by his mum and dad.

"We’re doing our best to look after the poor little soul. It’s just awful."

Earlier today, workmen were seen starting to board up the home where the four children died on Tuesday morning.

Natalie had screamed "my babies, my babies" as the inferno tore through the two-storey home in the early hours of Tuesday.

The mum, who describes herself as a "proud mummy" on social media, was treated for smoke inhalation while partner Chris had minor burns.

Toddler Jack was unhurt but had to be monitored.

The cause of the fire is currently being investigated but witnesses said at the time they believed it may have been caused by a boiler.


Horrified neighbours have described how they heard the children screaming as the flames spread through the two-storey home.

Wendy Pickering said: "I went into the bathroom and I heard children screaming and I said to [my husband] to phone 999.

"They got here ever so quick. We could see the flames from the kitchen window and there lapping at the roof.

"There were no windows in the parents bedroom – the glass had gone as well as the guttering.

"It was really high, it was so intense – there was so much smoke.

"We heard two bangs but we don't know what might have caused it."

Brave firefighters battled to reach those trapped inside but were beaten back by flames as the inferno took hold of the two storey home.


Witnesses also said a large blue and green flame could be seen through the roof of the property suggesting a gas fire.

Another described how they saw a "sheet of fire" engulf the upstairs window as flames erupted.

Dramatic pictures show flames shooting from the second storey of the home leaving the roof gutted.

An ambulance worker has penned a poignant note speaking of her sorrow at not being able to save the four children.

Lamara Shelley, a call dispatcher with West Midlands Ambulance Service, told of her regret at not being able to save the "beautiful angels" who perished in the blaze. She left the moving note with a floral tribute at the scene.

Lamara wrote: "RIP you beautiful angels. I don't know you personally but I was involved in the incident.

"I work in the ambulance service and was involved in getting the correct resources to try and help save you.

“I am so gutted we couldn't save you all. Hope your family can remain strong and you will remain in everyone's hearts forever!"


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