A 32-year-old mother in Pittsburgh has been arrested after she left her three-year-old twins alone at home, where they died in a fire, while she went on a mission to retrieve missing marijuana from her teenaged daughter.
Dalawna Berran-Lett was charged on Tuesday with involuntary manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a child. Her attorney said she is still in shock from the twins' funeral which took place on Saturday.
Twins Ky'heir and Dy'heir Arthur died January 4 in the house fire, a blaze police say was started after the boys tried to cook on an oil-laden oven.
Just weeks before the deadly fire, Berran-Lett left them at the house alone to buy rolling paper for her marijuana. She was gone for half an hour, and her boys had started a fire by attempting to cook ribs on the stove.
This fire didn't result in any damage. Her twins were watching TV when she returned home, and the house was full of smoke.
But on January 4, after Berran-Lett suspected her teen daughter to have stolen her baggie of marijuana, she left her twins at home again. This time, the fire killed them.
Berran-Lett said she did not want to bring the twins because it was cold outside, so she locked them inside and left around 3pm to locate her daughter and the marijuana.
It took only 45 minutes for a passerby to notice the flames billowing from the house.
Investigators say the three-year-old boys turned on the stove and the oil on it caught on fire. One twin was found in the kitchen, his death the result of smoke inhalation and burns. Another twin was found in a second floor bedroom, his death the result of smoke inhalation and carbon monoxide poisoning.
Once Berran-Lett returned, she found her house in flames and her daughter standing outside.