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HOUSTON — The father of at least two of the children who were at home when a Texas toddler killed in an oven is speaking out about the heartbreaking incident.

According to KTRK, Frederick Price is the ex-boyfriend of 19-month-old J’Zyra’s mother, Racquel Thompson. The toddler died Nov. 16 after one of her 3-year-old siblings placed her in an oven and another turned it on, officials said. J’Zyra, the two 3-year-olds and a 5-year-old reportedly were left alone in their apartment while Thompson and her current boyfriend left to pick up a pizza.

“It’s very irresponsible,” said Price, who said he is the father of the 3-year-olds but did not know whether J’Zyra was his daughter. “Someone should have been here, or I should have gotten a phone call (to) come and get my children.”

Price said he wants custody of his kids, who went to live with Thompson after he lost his job.

The children are now in foster care, according to KTRK.

Thompson and her current boyfriend have not been charged in the incident. But officials with Child Protective Services said criminal charges likely will be filed, KTRK reported.