Madonna Badger's Husband Meets with Prosecutors About Fatal Fire

By Tom Liddy on February 23, 2012 4:11pm 

Matthew and Madonna Badger watch as the caskets carrying the bodies of their three daughters arrive for funeral services on January 5, 2012
Matthew and Madonna Badger watch as the caskets carrying the bodies of their three daughters arrive for funeral services on January 5, 2012
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MANHATTAN — The ex-husband of Madonna Badger, whose children and parents died in a tragic Christmas Day fire in Stamford, met with prosecutors Wednesday, according to a published report.

Matthew Badger had the meeting with his lawyer Wednesday afternoon at Superior Court in Stamford as authorities contemplate criminal charges for last year's blaze, the Connecticut Post said.

The fire killed Badger's three daughters, Lilian, Sarah and Grace, as well as her parents, Lormer and Pauline Johnson.

Badger, who used to live in Manhattan, and her boyfriend, Michael Borcina, escaped the fire. 

Investigators believe that ashes from the fireplace that were placed by the trash in the entranceway of the house sparked the blaze.

In a tragic twist, probers believe the ashes were placed there because the children were afraid that Santa Claus would get burned coming down the chimney.

Matthew Badger's attorney, Richard Emery, would not comment as he left the courthouse as did State's Attorney David Cohen, the Connecticut Post said.

The dad, who has filed legal papers asking to be the administrator of his daugthers' estate, a step that is necessary to file a wrongful death suit.

He has said that he does not plan to sue his wife, but Emery had harsh words for Borcina, whose construction company was performing work on the house.

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