Mom faces charges in home alone deaths

March 27, 2009 10:19:41 AM PDT
We have an update on a local mother, indicted in the deaths of her twin toddlers in a house fire. Lavera Moore turned herself in to authorities Friday morning. [SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

Moore is out of jail after posting a $2,000 bond for each count of criminally negligent homicide involving the deaths of her twin daughters. On December 10, 2008, family members say Moore made a tragic and fatal mistake. Temperatures on that night had dropped below 40 degrees. Investigators say Moore, who did not have central heat and air, turned on a couple of burners on her stove for warmth. Her alleged criminal mistake was then leaving the girls home alone with those burners on.

Moore walked to a convenience store, and she says by the time she got back she saw smoke billowing from the windows and under the door. She says there was little anyone could do to save the girls. The father of the twins says Moore should not be charged with a crime. He says the death of his daughters was nothing more than an accident.

"The family is devastated by this terrible accident," said Harry Carroll, the girls' father. "Our little ones are gone. I'm going to stand beside her and show her love and support. I'll always be on her side. She loved her kids just as well as I do. That's basically it."

On the morning of the fire, Moore's neighbors told Eyewitness News that was not the first time she had left the girls home alone. Investigators did question her about how long she was gone from the house, given that the convenience store was only about two blocks away from the duplex.

Moore's next court date has not been set.

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