Mom of boys who died in fire accused of violating probation

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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


  • Kay

    what BS, a parent and she allows to kids to die while she is out so called shopping, shoipping for what? dope,
    shoplifting, cigarettes, hair braids, a manicure? which one, and I like the other poster, we know it was not b/c pills as she has reproduced again. a real winner, another waste of air and space.

  • impulse item

    Its obvious that this creature is incapable of making simple decisions. She should be put away before she kills her latest fatherless child. She has had TOO many second chances. Allowing her to go free would mean that two babies painful deaths and lives have no value.

  • luvbreamfishin'

    Loved so deeply??? yeah,,that’s why your retarded a z z left those kids at home alone??

  • jihn

    Mentally ill people dont have the capability to think logically when their off their meds. Jail is not the answer, she need psychotherapy.

  • Don

    Massey blames her mental health issues and the lack of driver’s license to get around town for her missed meetings.
    Now this snake Massey, knows The state of Tennessee doesn’t issue a druggie’s. layers will say anything for a dollar.

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