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North Braddock mom sentenced to prison in twin sons' deaths

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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.

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