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

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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?

by on Jan. 24, 2013 at 1:39 PM
Replies (31-40):
Kaya529
by Silver Member on Jan. 24, 2013 at 7:56 PM
They should throw the book at her. There isn't a reason that would ever be good enough that I would leave a 3 year old home alone. She deserves what is coming to her and so much more.
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ArianEponae
by on Jan. 24, 2013 at 8:23 PM
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Nope. Tree, rope, knot...no more taxes spent keeping these criminals alive
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D.O.E.
by on Jan. 24, 2013 at 8:58 PM

i comlpetely agree with this. there is no way in hell a 3 yr old should even know how to turn a stove on.  now a microwave....yeah i can see a microwave, if it is on a micro. stand like we have ours, then even my 2 yr old knows it makes food. you push buttons and open and close the door and it makes food. 

6 yr old can use it, he knows how to use it right. 

but niether of my kids would actually attempt to COOK something if left alone for 20 min, even if you are just taking a gnarly shit in the bathroom, kwim?

Quoting Debmomto2girls:

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.


FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Jan. 24, 2013 at 9:04 PM

This is horrible.  I feel for her, losing her children but what the hell!  

She left them alone once, there were consequences.  So she does it again and all to get her stash from her damn daughter?!?  

If this story stands as this article states, while my heart can hurt for her lose, she damn well should pay with some severe consequences.  The death of these children was indeed, absolutely avoidable by her hand alone.


FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Jan. 24, 2013 at 9:07 PM


Quoting JTnJT:


Out of the entire article....and this is what you focus on??????? Unbelievable

Quoting radioheid:

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



Calm down.  It was her first reaction, seeing the photo.  She read the article and responded.

FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Jan. 24, 2013 at 9:08 PM


Quoting ArianEponae:

Nope. Tree, rope, knot...no more taxes spent keeping these criminals alive

Wow.  People who feel this way, they are no batter than those they wish to hang up in the nearest tree.

JenaSmith
by Member on Jan. 24, 2013 at 9:12 PM
This. I agree


Quoting Debmomto2girls:

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.


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JTnJT
by on Jan. 24, 2013 at 9:22 PM

 

Oh, I wasn't upset...I was actually laughing about it when I wrote that post....it always amazes me how some people take in information....it's like with my ODD....I can tell her something ....and she"ll come back with these off the wall things....I say the same thing to her....out of all that...and this is what you focused on?...it wasn't meant to be disrespectful...just my fascination with how different people absorb things differently....

Quoting FromAtoZ:


Quoting JTnJT:

 

Out of the entire article....and this is what you focus on??????? Unbelievable

Quoting radioheid:

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

 

 

Calm down.  It was her first reaction, seeing the photo.  She read the article and responded.


 

ArianEponae
by on Jan. 24, 2013 at 9:24 PM
Actually, if this had been the first time she'd left them alone, I'd be more forgiving. It wasn't. Once is a mistake, twice is gross negligence.
Oh, and if you intend to insult a person, try to get a better grasp of the language. You sound ridiculous.


Quoting FromAtoZ:


Quoting ArianEponae:

Nope. Tree, rope, knot...no more taxes spent keeping these criminals alive

Wow.  People who feel this way, they are no batter than those they wish to hang up in the nearest tree.

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FromAtoZ
by AllieCat on Jan. 24, 2013 at 9:27 PM


Quoting JTnJT:


Oh, I wasn't upset...I was actually laughing about it when I wrote that post....it always amazes me how some people take in information....it's like with my ODD....I can tell her something ....and she"ll come back with these off the wall things....I say the same thing to her....out of all that...and this is what you focused on?...it wasn't meant to be disrespectful...just my fascination with how different people absorb things differently....

Quoting FromAtoZ:


Quoting JTnJT:


Out of the entire article....and this is what you focus on??????? Unbelievable

Quoting radioheid:

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



Calm down.  It was her first reaction, seeing the photo.  She read the article and responded.



Ahhh, I see.  My apologies. 

I know some one who, no matter how the conversation goes, what is said, there will be one point of focus and the rest is not taken in.  Lately, I have been trying to pay more attention to what he takes and what he leaves during conversations.  It can be interesting and frustrating as well. 

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