PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The mother of twin boys who died in a house fire in North Braddock turned herself in to police this afternoon.
Authorities say Delawna Berran-Lett told police she left her 3-year-old twin sons alone earlier this month while she went out looking for her teenage daughter.
“This was a coordinated effort to peacefully turn herself in,” Berran-Lett’s lawyer said. “ … Delawna has cooperated from the start until now.”
According to investigators, Lett was angry because her daughter had allegedly taken marijuana from her purse.
Investigators say the fire began when the boys turned on the stove, igniting a grease fire that spread to the rest of the home.
According to the criminal complaint, that was not the first time Berran-Lett left the toddlers alone.
On another occasion, she left the boys for about 30 minutes to get rolling papers. When Berran-Lett returned, smoke was coming from the kitchen. The complaint says the boys had pulled a rack of ribs from a freezer and tried to cook them.
Berran-Lett is facing charges of two counts of involuntary manslaughter and endangering the welfare of children.