Family: Mom, children shot before mobile home fire

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) - Family members of one of the children found dead in a mobile home fire told WSLS 10 affiliate WOODTV that all three victims were shot before a fire destroyed their home.

The father of the young girl who died said his daughter, her half-brother and their mom were all shot before the mobile home fire in Dorr Township Tuesday afternoon.

Corey Lee LaValley, 32, was arrested Tuesday night in Charlotte in connection to the fire and is being held in the Allegan County Jail. He is facing one count of felony homicide, according to Michigan State Police records.

LaValley is the father of the young boy and ex-boyfriend of the mother killed in the fire which broke out just after 1 p.m. Tuesday at the mobile home on Briarwood Street, southwest of the unincorporated village of Dorr.

Corey's aunt, Jodi LaValley Iiams, told 24 Hour News 8 that she had spoken to Corey following the fire and he seemed to be "in shock."

Iiams said Corey identified the victims in the fire as his ex-girlfriend Debra Sheppard, Corey LaValley Jr., his son with Sheppard believed to be around the age of 10 or 11, and 12-year-old Emma McComber, Sheppard's daughter from another relationship.

According to Allegan County property records and family members, Corey is the owner of the mobile home. Corey's aunt was unsure if he was currently living in the mobile home.

He could be charged with homicide as early as Wednesday.

Police said autopsies on the three victims are scheduled for Wednesday morning.