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Pittsburgh mom chased daughter, drugs, while twins, 3, died in fire, DA says

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The mother of these 3-year-old Pittsburgh-area twins who died in a fire surrendered to face charges of involuntary manslaughter on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013.
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(CBS/AP) PITTSBURGH - Delawna Berran-Lett, a Pittsburgh-area woman, is charged with involuntary manslaughter and other crimes for allegedly leaving her 3-year-old twins alone before they died in a fire, while she was trying to find her 15-year-old daughter who stole marijuana from her. 

The attorney for the 32-year-old Berran-Lett says he is still reviewing the charges filed Tuesday against the North Braddock woman, who remains in shock from burying her twins on Saturday.

Berran-Lett turned herself in to authorities Tuesday, CBS Pittsburgh reported.

The boys, Ky'heir and Dy'heir Arthur, died in the Jan. 4 fire. Investigators believe the boys started the fire while trying to cook something while Berran-Lett was gone for about 15 minutes trying to find her daughter and retrieve her marijuana.

CBS Pittsburgh reported that, according to the criminal complaint, a few weeks earlier 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.


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