Parents Charged After Falling Dresser Kills Girls
Dad didn't check on pair for 10 to 15 minutes after hearing crash: police
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 25, 2014 9:15 AM CDT
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(Newser) – The father of two toddlers who died after a dresser fell on them is facing involuntary manslaughter charges because he heard a crash and didn't immediately check on his daughters, a prosecutor said yesterday. David Beatty, 28, of Aliquippa, Pa., is charged in the deaths of 2-year-old Brooklyn and 3-year-old Ryeley. Brooklyn died shortly after the dresser fell on her July 4, and Ryeley died two days later in a Pittsburgh hospital. Beatty was home alone with the girls and acknowledged he didn't check on them for 10 to 15 minutes after hearing the crash, the DA says; Beatty says he was using the toilet at the time. The dresser weighed 124 pounds, and the girls about 30 pounds each.

"If the children's caregiver, namely David Beatty, the defendant, would have reacted immediately to the sound of the bang, both children would have survived this incident without significant injury," a forensic pathologist told police, according to a criminal complaint. "He stated that he did not think much about the noise because the kids are always jumping off of beds and making noises," police wrote in the complaint. Beatty and his wife, Jennifer, 28, face two counts each of endangering the welfare of children because of the "deplorable" condition of their home, which included dirty bedclothes and diapers and human and animal waste on the floors, walls, and beds, authorities said.

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petseeker11
Jul 29, 2014 12:37 AM CDT
Sweet little girls, may the Lord give them rest.
Ucantusethatname
Jul 26, 2014 8:43 PM CDT
This story sounds like a tragedy made worse by over-jealous prosecutors.
FrankFurter
Jul 26, 2014 1:45 AM CDT
In the begining there was adam and eve . they had 2 kids, one killed the other, right. Ahh, the good ol days.