Aliquippa parents charged in dresser deaths of toddler girls

Photo credit: KDKA News, Pittsburgh
Photo credit: KDKA News, Pittsburgh

ALIQUIPPA, Pa. (AP) – Authorities have charged a western Pennsylvania couple in connection with the deaths of their toddler daughters, who were killed when a dresser tipped over onto them.

Online court records don’t list attorneys for 28-year-olds David and Jennifer Beatty.

The dresser fell on the Aliquippa couple’s toddlers on July 4. Two year old Brooklyn Beatty died that day, while her 3-year-old sister, Ryeley, died two days later in a Pittsburgh hospital.

David Beatty is charged with two counts each of involuntary manslaughter and endangering the welfare of children. His wife is charged only with the endangering counts.

According to WKBN affiliate KDKA in Pittsburgh, David told police he may have waited as long as 30 minutes after hearing the crash from the dresser before checking on the girls.

Officers responding after the children’s deaths found used diapers and human feces on the floor of the house, according to KDKA.

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