Mom pleads guilty in deaths of twin sons

Dec. 2, 2013 at 12:55 PM

NORTH BRADDOCK, Pa., Dec. 2 (UPI) -- A Pennsylvania woman has pleaded guilty Monday to charges for the deaths of her 3-year-old twins in a house fire that happened while they were home alone.

Dalawna Berran-Lett, 33, of North Braddock, pleaded guilty to two counts each of involuntary manslaughter, endangering the welfare of children and recklessly endangering another person, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported.

The charges stem from a January 4 incident in which Berran-Lett's sons, Ky'heir and Dy'heir Arthur, were left home alone and their home burned down.

Police said they believe the boys were trying to cook food while their mother stepped out to buy marijuana.

The mother told police that she locked the boys inside the home at 2:45 p.m. to find her 15-year-old daughter, Mariah, whom she suspected of stealing her marijuana. A passerby reported the fire at about 3:30 p.m.

Berran-Lett will be sentenced by Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Edward Borkowski on Feb. 27.

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