Grand Jury indicts mother who left children alone in fire - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Grand Jury indicts mother who left children alone in fire

Melodia Dunn (Source: Shelby County Sheriff's Department) Melodia Dunn (Source: Shelby County Sheriff's Department)
Dunn has been charged with two counts of reckless homicide and two counts of child neglect in the death of LaDareon Dunn, 3, and his brother Catereon, 2. Both were both trapped inside after fire broke out in their Effie Road duplex on October 19th. Dunn has been charged with two counts of reckless homicide and two counts of child neglect in the death of LaDareon Dunn, 3, and his brother Catereon, 2. Both were both trapped inside after fire broke out in their Effie Road duplex on October 19th.

By Nick Kenney - bio | email | Twitter | Facebook

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - The mother of two children who died after they were left alone in a house that caught fire was indicted Tuesday night.

Melodia Dunn was charged with two counts of reckless homicide and two counts of child neglect in the death of LaDareon Dunn, 3, and his brother Catereon, 2. Both boys were trapped inside after fire broke out in their Effie Road duplex on October 19th.

The first two counts of the indictment allege Dunn "did unlawfully and knowingly, other than by accidental means, neglect or endanger" Ladereon Dunn and Cartareon Dunn.  The third and fourth counts say Dunn "did unlawfully and recklessly kill" her two children.

Authorities arrived to rescue the two small children after the fire broke out, but it was too late. LaDareon died moments after arriving at the hospital, while Catereon lost his life several days later in the intensive care unit.

"We're going to do what we can to hold her accountable under our state laws," District Attorney Bill Gibbons said Wednesday. "The person who had an obligation to be responsible for the children was the mother."

The case will likely revolve around two questions: What was Dunn thinking when she left her children in the house, and was she in her right mind?

"That may be something that her lawyers will raise," Gibbons said. "We'll just have to see."

Dunn's attorney, Mike Working, said his client remains devastated by the death of two of her children.

"Obviously she is extremely upset and extremely emotional, as any mother would be," he said.

Dunn is being held in the Shelby County Jail on $250,000 bond. An arraignment date has not been set.

Copyright 2009 WMC-TV. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

  • News on WMCTV.comNewsMore>>

  • FIRST ALERT: Severe thunderstorm warning issued for TN, MS counties until 10:15 p.m.

    FIRST ALERT: Severe thunderstorm warning issued for TN, MS counties until 10:15 p.m.

    Saturday, April 29 2017 10:42 PM EDT2017-04-30 02:42:39 GMT

    The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Crittenden, Cross, Lee and St. Francis Counties until 10:15 p.m. NWS also issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Shelby County, TN from Apr 29 at 9:12 p.m. – 10 p.m. and for DeSoto, Lafayette, Marshall, Quitman and Tate Counties until 9:30 p.m. More than 15,000 customers are without power in the Memphis area.  WMC Action News 5 There are no tornado threats at this point, just heav...

    More >>

    The National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Warning for Crittenden, Cross, Lee and St. Francis Counties until 10:15 p.m. NWS also issued a severe thunderstorm warning for Shelby County, TN from Apr 29 at 9:12 p.m. – 10 p.m. and for DeSoto, Lafayette, Marshall, Quitman and Tate Counties until 9:30 p.m. More than 15,000 customers are without power in the Memphis area.  WMC Action News 5 There are no tornado threats at this point, just heav...

    More >>
  • Holly Springs PD identify victim found shot, killed inside car

    Holly Springs PD identify victim found shot, killed inside car

    Saturday, April 29 2017 6:52 PM EDT2017-04-29 22:52:39 GMT
    Terry Halloway (Source: submission)Terry Halloway (Source: submission)

    Police in Holly Springs are investigating after a man was shot and killed early Saturday morning in the area of West College Avenue near McKinney Street.

    More >>

    Police in Holly Springs are investigating after a man was shot and killed early Saturday morning in the area of West College Avenue near McKinney Street.

    More >>
  • Former St. Jude patient announces NFL Draft pick

    Former St. Jude patient announces NFL Draft pick

    Saturday, April 29 2017 5:46 PM EDT2017-04-29 21:46:41 GMT
    (Source: Matt Rourke/The Associated Press)(Source: Matt Rourke/The Associated Press)

    A former St. Jude patient got the opportunity of a lifetime Friday night. Kate Foster, 18, had the honor of announcing the Chicago Bears' second round pick at the NFL Draft. 

    More >>

    A former St. Jude patient got the opportunity of a lifetime Friday night. Kate Foster, 18, had the honor of announcing the Chicago Bears' second round pick at the NFL Draft. 

    More >>
  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Severe reaction to new sandals leads woman on a painful path

    Severe reaction to new sandals leads woman on a painful path

        One woman wants to warn people about her painful path, the result of a severe and debilitating allergic reaction.  She had no idea what she was allergic to until she visited a fourth emergency room in two weeks.    

    More >>

    One woman wants to warn people about her painful path, the result of a severe and debilitating allergic reaction. She had no idea what she was allergic to until she visited a fourth emergency room in two weeks.    

    More >>
  • 'The Phantom' serial killer of children out of prison, living in Tucson

    'The Phantom' serial killer of children out of prison, living in Tucson

    Thursday, April 27 2017 12:17 AM EDT2017-04-27 04:17:43 GMT
    Friday, April 28 2017 11:32 PM EDT2017-04-29 03:32:02 GMT
    Convicted killer William Huff was spotted riding his bicycle through a Tucson neighborhood. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)Convicted killer William Huff was spotted riding his bicycle through a Tucson neighborhood. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)

    William Huff terrorized Sierra Vista during the spring and summer of 1967. Despite a sentence of 40 years to life, the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency voted to release him from prison into home arrest. Family members of the victims are concerned for the safety of the community, as are new members of the Clemency Board. CBS 5 Investigates videotaped Huff riding a bike through his Tucson neighborhood. There are no restrictions placed on his proximity to children.

    More >>

    William Huff terrorized Sierra Vista during the spring and summer of 1967. Despite a sentence of 40 years to life, the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency voted to release him from prison into home arrest. Family members of the victims are concerned for the safety of the community, as are new members of the Clemency Board. CBS 5 Investigates videotaped Huff riding a bike through his Tucson neighborhood. There are no restrictions placed on his proximity to children. 

    More >>
  • BREAKING

    1 dead, NWS issues tornado warnings for ETX

    1 dead, NWS issues tornado warnings for ETX

    Saturday, April 29 2017 11:07 PM EDT2017-04-30 03:07:50 GMT

    Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued Saturday for multiple East Texas counties.

    More >>

    Severe thunderstorm warnings were issued Saturday for multiple East Texas counties.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly