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Mom Charged for Twins’ Deaths After Reportedly Leaving Them Alone to Get Pot??
January 24, 2013 at 1:39 PM

Mom Charged for Twins’ Deaths After Reportedly Leaving Them Alone to Get Pot

Posted by Kiri Blakeleyon January 24, 2013 

One mother's decision to go find her pot stash became an unspeakable tragedy that she must regret every moment. Police say that 32-year-old Dalawna Berran-Lett left her 3-year-old twin boys home alone for "20 minutes" while she allegedly ran out to find her teenage daughter, who had apparently taken her marijuana stash, and when she returned, the house was on fire and her babies were dead.

Berran-Lett has been charged with involuntary manslaughter and has buried her twins, Ky’heir and Dy'heir. Reportedly she left them unattended in her Pittsburgh home while she went out to find her teen daughter, and during that time, cops believe the twins tried to cook something and started a fire.

I have no idea how 3-year-olds try to cook something, but I guess it's possible they somehow managed to turn in the stove. Bizarrely, investigators claim that the mom also left her twins alone "for 20 minutes" months ago -- and they also tried to cook something then (ribs) and almost started a fire. How is this possible? Three-year-olds trying to cook ribs? At any rate, if the twins had already once almost started a fire when the mom left them alone, why would she do it again?! Oh, yeah. Pot.

There's a few holes in this story. Hard to believe a mom would make the same mistake twice. Hard to believe the twins are so handy with the cooking. But if it's true, this mom must feel like utter crap.

Should she be charged with involuntary manslaughter for what is essentially a mistake (if she had accidentally run over them in the driveway, chances are she wouldn't be charged with anything)? While I'd like to say the death of her boys is punishment enough, there is really no excuse for leaving your toddlers alone for any length of time -- especially if you've done it before, and there was already a near-disaster before. I do understand that Berran-Lett may not have had the money for a babysitter or been able to get one spur of the moment.

But there comes a time when you choose your kids over your pot. However, I hope she's given some leniency and doesn't spend the rest of her life in jail, because she must realize the enormity of the mistake she made. Especially when you consider that women who deliberately kill their children often get off with much less.

Do you think she should spend her life in prison for a mistake like this?


  • radioheid
    January 24, 2013 at 1:41 PM

     Are her kids for real eating popcorn off the floor like dogs?

  • radioheid
    January 24, 2013 at 1:43 PM

     And to answer the question, yes, she should absolutely go to jail. That is felony neglect.

    My son used to try to help me bake cookies and brownies when he was 3, so I absolutely believe the kids may have known how to turn on a stove.

  • CreziaMommyTo2
    January 24, 2013 at 1:44 PM

    her babies didnt deserve to die, but i am sure being in heaven is a much better life than what their mom had in mind for them.  

  • Debmomto2girls
    January 24, 2013 at 1:47 PM

    This is why I am for the death penalty.

    If these 3 y.o. baies were trying to cook food, that means they are often left to fend for themselves.  They were probably starving and I highly doubt it only happened once before for 20 minutes.

  • Ms.KitKat
    January 24, 2013 at 1:48 PM

     This wasn't a mistake- this was abuse and neglect.

  • paknari
    by paknari
    January 24, 2013 at 1:48 PM
    Sorry but yes she should go to jail. You know your kids mess with the stove and you do it twice. Holy shit it's called a baby gate! I wouldn't leave my kids alone at all but there are ways it could have been safer anyway. And if she is so cool about pot and doesn't mind that it's a crime why bit take then with her? She's already commuting a crime anyway what does one more matter?
  • Mommytotwins44
    January 24, 2013 at 1:50 PM
    so sad. my twins have never been left alone. they were learning how to climb at that age. they are now 6 and definately not left alone. geezzz. its called responsible parenting...
  • Bigmetalchicken
    January 24, 2013 at 1:51 PM

    The fact that they were trying to cook tells me that they were forced to fend for themselvesz even when she was home.  This was not a mistake. She did this, knowing it was wrong.

  • LuvmyAiden
    January 24, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Another parent who was the cause of thier child's death who will likely walk because people feel sorry for them. Sick. She should never see daylight again. I will say it again. We need to PUNISH those who do wrong if we want lower crime rates.

  • amberklo
    January 24, 2013 at 1:57 PM
    Really pot is that important

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