Mom of boys who died in fire accused of violating probation

MEMPHIS, Tenn. — A South Memphis mother given a second and third chance after her reckless actions led to the deaths of her children, is in trouble again.

Melodia Dunn is behind bars, but not for the deaths of her young children five years ago.

She’s now accused of violating her probation.

Dunn didn’t publicly speak in court, only to her lawyer Bill Massey.

“She told me just a moment ago, I’d never hurt my children and she was crying,” said Massey.

Dunn is serving 14 years of probation for the 2009 heartbreaking deaths of her two boys.

Dunn left the 2 and 3-year-olds home alone while she went shopping.

A fire trapped those two little boys in their South Memphis home and killed them.

“It’s very difficult still. She still wakes up every morning still thinking about those kids that she loved so dearly,” said Massey.

Now, she’s in trouble again, accused of missing court mandated meetings with doctors, counselors and her probation officer.

Massey blames her mental health issues and the lack of driver’s license to get around town for her missed meetings.

Since the death of her toddlers, Dunn’s also given birth to another child, a 1-year-old she supports with a job.

“Melodia is not a bad person, she has some difficulties and we’re going to try to work around those difficulties,” said Massey.

Dunn’s been in trouble before for an alleged violation.

She was arrested in 2012 and accused of missing appointments and not taking her medication.

This isn’t the first time, but it could be the last.

A judge will decide next month if she serves the remainder of her sentence behind bars, or at home with her young child.

Dunn’s young child will remain with a family member.

Dunn will stay in jail until her hearing August 21st


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