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Mother of toddler killed in trailer fire shares emotional testimony

GOODFIELD (WEEK) – Samantha Alwood’s 2-year-old daughter, Rose, was killed in a trailer fire back in April, which also claimed the lives of Samantha’s niece, nephew, brother-in-law, and grandmother.

Much of this story’s local and national coverage has focused on the 9-year-old boy charged with murder in this case and his mother. We are told that mother is now under a gag order after she spoke on national television about the incident for the first time this week.

However, her sister Samantha told us there was a point in time she contemplated taking her own life, but said Rose gave her a reason to keep going. That is why she wants people to know how important her family was and still is.

Samantha shared photos and videos of Rose. One of them shows Rose playing with her uncle, Jason Wall. Wall was also killed in the fire. Samantha said he was more than an uncle, and more like a father figure.

“He loved that little girl and he always promised me that he would always protect her,” she said, “That night…how they found them…was right next to each other. So he protected her until the end, he was with her when I couldn’t be so she wasn’t alone and I think that’s one of the biggest things that helped me.”

Samantha said if she didn’t have such a strong support system, she would not be able to continue. She said her family may be sad, but they are not broken.

There is more to Samantha’s story, including how she said she wants justice for her family. To hear the rest of her story, tune into 25 News Monday night at 10.


If you or someone you know is experiencing thoughts of suicide, please reach out for help. This is the national suicide prevention hotline: 800-273-8255. 

Molly Jirasek

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