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Boy better after dad allegedly set home on fire

5:29 PM, Mar 8, 2012   |    comments
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Eighteen-month-old Cody and 5-year-old Kaitlyn Johnson were trapped inside their Northglenn home on Feb. 23.

Northglenn Police say their father, Bill Johnson, barricaded them inside the home and set it on fire just after 4 a.m.

Cody suffered major smoke inhalation from the fire. He recovered much sooner than his sister.

"Cody's doing really well," said his mother, Rosie Jungst-Johnson Thursday. "He's been off the ventilator for a few days now. I'm so excited for him because he was so happy, to be outside, and he was pointing at all the buildings and talking up a storm."

Cody's sister, Kaitlyn is still recovering in the Intensive Care Unit of a local hospital, Jungst-Johnson says. Jungst-Johnson also says Kaitlyn has burns on 50 percent of her body, including her face and back.

"She's already had multiple surgeries," she said. "And she's got multiple surgeries left to go through."

Rosie Jungst-Johnson had filed for divorce in January from her husband Bill. Johnson is accused of severely beating her before setting their Northglenn home on fire.

As of Thursday, Adams County had still not filed charges against Johnson. At last report, he was still in critical condition in a local hospital. Jungst-Johnson says she was thankful for continued prayers and support from community members.

Still, she and her kids need funds for medical bills, a new home and furnishings for a new home after the fire. Two funds are set up for the young children. You can donate to the "Little Heroes Fund" at any Wells Fargo branch or the Rosie Johnson Fund 1st Bank Branch.

(KUSA-TV © 2012 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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