NORTH VERSAILLES (KDKA) – A woman who is facing charges after her two sons died in a fire in June, was granted bond Monday morning.
Kiaira Pollard, 27, is accused of leaving her four and seven-year-old boys home alone while she worked as an exotic dancer.
Her attorneys waived her right to a preliminary hearing last week and the case will go to trial.
She is facing charges of criminal homicide, endangering the welfare of children and tampering with a fire apparatus.
KiDonn Pollard-Ford, 7, was found dead by firefighters inside the apartment. His brother, Krisdon Williams-Pollard, 4, was discovered hiding under a bed. He was taken to the hospital for treatment, but later died.
Pollard appeared in court Monday by video.
“Understandably this woman has suffered the loss of her only two children,” Assistant DA Mark Tranquilli said. “As I said, it was not an intentionally-set fire – she’s not some firebug that’s going to go out and set half the city down.”
KDKA’s Jon Greiner reports it’s likely the charges against Pollard will be reduced at trial to possibly involuntary manslaughter.
Although she was able to attend the boys’ funeral, her attorney, Blaine Jones, said Pollard needs to grieve properly.
“She is in a tremendous amount of pain,” he said. “Krisdonn was 7, KiDonn was 4, and they were her world and her world’s been turned upside down and she should be given the ability to get out and grieve appropriately.”
Pollard will be given an electronic ankle bracelet which will monitor her movements. She also has to provide proof of employment and a telephone number to the court.
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