Mitchell woman charged in deadly house fire sentenced to 8 years in prison
MITCHELL, S.D. (Dakota News Now) - A Mitchell woman who pleaded guilty to felony child abuse after a deadly house fire in April was sentenced on Tuesday.
Twenty-six-year old Ayla Barna was sentenced to eight years in prison, Dakota Radio Group reports.
Her six-year old daughter died in the house fire, which investigators say was started when the girl played with a cigarette lighter after Barna left the children unsupervised at night. Two of the children escaped the fire with the help of neighbors.
Judge Chris Giles called the incident a tragedy that was preventable, adding that Barna was responsible for the care, custody, and control of the three children.
Barna faced a maximum penalty of fifteen years in prison. In exchange for the guilty plea in September, other charges were dropped.
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