The parents of a 10-year-old girl who have allegedly evaded arrest warrants for two months since her death in a house fire have been found on the Appalachian Trail.
Carina and William McCue were arrested Thursday by members of the Gwinnett Sheriff’s Office refugee unit in north Georgia, senior MP Ashley Castiblanco said.
The couple are being charged in connection with an April 17 fire that killed their daughter, Zoe McCue. Zoe’s remains were discovered in a windowless bathroom, along with a makeshift bed in the bath, police officers said.
All of the couple’s children were living in “unsanitary and dangerous conditions,” authorities said.
Hours after the Easter Sunday fire, authorities found Zoe’s 15-year-old brother at a church in Rockdale County. The boy confessed to setting the house on fire on purpose and was arrested on murder and other charges, according to The Atlanta Constitution-Journal.
Zoe’s parents have been missing since early May when warrants were issued for their arrest. They apparently fled after losing custody of their four other children.
The McCues were last seen at a Lawrenceville motel. Fugitive investigators pursued the couple in Cleveland, Georgia, and caught them on the hiking trail near Helen, according to Castiblanco.
The three other McCue children are in federal protective custody.
Records showed the McCue family was investigated twice before the house fire, but no charges were brought against the parents.
A neighbor, Mike Kilgore, said in May he was concerned about the McCues’ behavior.
“It was kind of like a cult,” he told 11Alive. “I’m not at all surprised they’re on the run. I hope the kids get the education they need and I hope their mum and dad get what they deserve.”
The parents are being held in prison without bail.
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