North Braddock mom sentenced to prison in twin sons' deaths
The mother of 3-year-old twins killed in a fire in their North Braddock home will spend three to six years in prison, a judge ordered Monday.
Dalawna Berran-Lett, 33, pleaded guilty in December before Common Pleas Judge Edward K. Borkowski to involuntary manslaughter and recklessly endangering her children.
Police said Berran-Lett left her sons, Kyier and Dyier Arthur, home alone on January 4, 2013, while she went to look for her 15-year-old daughter, whom Berran-Lett suspected took a small bag of marijuana from her purse.
Authorities said the fire started when the boys attempted to use the stove to cook food for themselves. They died from smoke inhalation, burns and carbon monoxide poisoning, the Allegheny County Medical Examiner's Office said.
A contractor working in the area called 911 about 3:30 p.m. and knocked on the door when he noticed flames shooting from the windows and smoke pouring from the house. The house was engulfed in flames when Berran-Lett returned home about 3:50 p.m.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Hurdle says Pirates must eliminate defensive gaffes
- NHL notebook: Red Wings waiting for AHL team to finish before naming coach
- Storms knock out power to several hundred in Western Pa.
- Steelers’ defense unfazed by noise, believes in potential
- Judge: UPMC must provide in-network access to Highmark Medicare members
- Islamic State group claims Shiite mosque blast in Saudi Arabia
- Chinese artillery spotted on artificial island
- Silk Road founder Ulbricht gets life term for drug-selling website
- Penn State lands 4-star offensive lineman from Reading
- Man dies trying to escape fire at his North Buffalo home
- Judge dismisses UPMC ‘data breach’ lawsuit