Counseling sought for mother who left children alone in house - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Counseling sought for mother who left children alone in house that burned

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(WMC-TV) - A Memphis mother who pleaded guilty when her two children died after she left them alone in a house that later caught fire appeared in court Thursday morning.

Melodia Dunn appeared in court with a chaplain by her side. Supporters say Dunn is still grieving over the deaths of her two sons, and she needs professional counseling...

"This young lady hasn't had any kind of grief counseling - nothing - so of course she's hurting bad," said the chaplain, Novella Smith Arnold said.

Back in October of 2009, Dunn's young sons died in a fire at their home. Dunn was not there at the time, and investigators arrested her on neglect and negligent homicide charges.

During court proceedings, the judge gave Dunn's attorney, William Massey, until Wednesday to try to work with two different mental health institutions and find a place for Dunn.

Both sides are looking for a facility that would counsel and treat the 22-year old mom according to the terms of the guilty plea she entered regarding her children's deaths.

"The judge is allowing the lawyers to try and work out an agreement if we can, and so he will become involved if we can't work out an agreement between the parties," Massey said.

It was just a short while ago that Dunn's attorney's tried to get her admitted to a mental health facility in Bolivar, but Bolivar officials turned her away.

"And that Bolivar did not accept her at this time, and I don't know if that's a matter of paperwork and that's part of what we're speaking with their lawyers about, and we're all trying to put this program together in a way that will work best interest for everyone," Massey said.

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