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Man in court over Camberwell baby fire death

Aftermath of fire
Image caption Two women and three children were unconscious when they were rescued from the flat

A 27-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the murder of a 19-month-old girl who died in a fire at a south London flat.

Richard Curtis Kwayke, of Twickenham, appeared at Tower Bridge Magistrates' Court over the death of Siariah Letan.

Mr Kwayke has also been charged with the attempted murder of the four other family members, arson and arson with intent to endanger life.

He will appear at the Old Bailey on 27 September.

Josephine Nicolas, 46, of Wilmcote House, Paddington, also appeared in court.

She was charged with perverting the course of justice and will appear at the Old Bailey on 7 January 2011.

Siariah Letan was one of five family members rescued on Saturday from the first-floor flat in Arnould Avenue, Camberwell, but she later died.

A post-mortem examination on the toddler gave the cause of death as carbon monoxide poisoning from breathing in smoke.

Others rescued by firefighters were Violet Brenda Ricketts, 45; Shakira Jackson, 11; Ellisha Letang, 23; and four-year-old Cameron Letang.

Meanwhile, detectives appealed for information on the whereabouts of a car sought in connection with the investigation.

The car was described as a right hand drive light blue Ford Escort, with number plate R722 VOC.