Mitchell woman charged in deadly house fire sentenced to 8 years in prison

 Ayla Barna, courtesy Davison County Sheriff's Office
Ayla Barna, courtesy Davison County Sheriff's Office (KSFY)
Published: Dec. 8, 2020 at 4:46 PM CST
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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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