Thursday, July 14
Cops hunt mom Kiaira Pollard whose kids, ages 4 & 7, died in fire after being left home alone
The two boys had been left home alone, and the front door to their third-floor apartment was deadbolted, authorities said.
"There was a deadbolt on a steel door," Assistant County Police Superintendent Jim Morton said. "(Firefighters) tried to open that door so many times, but they weren't able to do so until the fire company came with a ram, and they had to force that door."
Smoke detectors were not working, either.
An arrest warrant was issued for Kiaira Pollard on Tuesday. The 27-year-old is charged with endangering the welfare of children and tampering with a fire apparatus, according to WTAE 4 News in Pittsburgh.
The boys, 7-year-old KiDonn Pollard-Ford and his 4-year-old brother, KrisDon Pollard-Williams, were home alone while their mother was at work June 30, police said.
KiDonn was pronounced dead after being found beneath a pile of blankets. KrisDon was found hiding under his crib, and was resuscitated, but died at the hospital two days later.
Pollard told authorities after the blaze that the two were with a baby-sitter, but authorities say this wasn't true.
The woman also admitted removing the batteries from the smoke detectors because they often went off while she cooked, police said.
Pollard is believed to be on the run with 33-year-old Dayna Kenney, and both "have ties to the local exotic dancing industry," Lt. Andrew Schurman told WTAE. Kenney is not being charged at this point.
An anonymous complaint received by Allegheny County's Division of Children, Youth and Families in January 2010 said Pollard had regularly left her children home alone Wednesday evenings, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported.