ST. LOUIS (AP/KMOV.com) — A St. Louis woman has been sentenced to probation after leaving her four young children alone in an apartment that caught fire.

Crystal Ford, 29, pleaded guilty to four felony counts of child endangerment and received a four-year suspended sentence from the judge on Wednesday.

News 4 spoke to Ford who confirmed her probation and said the children are currently in foster care and she has weekly unsupervised visitation. She said she has "done everything possible to right the ship, get her kids back and become a family again." She will go to family court on July 7 to try to get her children back.

Mug shot Crystal Ford

Crystal Ford, 29, pleaded guilty to four felony counts of child endangerment and received a four-year suspended sentence after her four children were left alone in an apartment that caught fire in August 2019. 

The fire broke out in August 2019 at a three-family flat. All four of the children were younger than 4 and were left alone. Emergency responders found three of them in cardiac arrest and revived them. The children suffered smoke inhalation but survived.

Charges against Ford's then-boyfriend, Keith Witherspoon, are pending in St. Louis Circuit Court.

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