MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) - The hunt is on for a Memphis mom who pleaded guilty in the deaths of her two young sons. Melodia Dunn never served jail time, now the Shelby County District Attorney General, Amy Weirich, wants that to change.
Dunn's two and three year old sons were killed in a house fire on Effie St. in South Memphis in 2009, after they were left home alone. She pleaded guilty to reckless homicide and aggravated child abuse. She was sentenced to 14 years probation, now the D.A. says Dunn violated that and should be locked up.
Judge James Beasley issued a warrant for Dunn's arrest on Monday, December 10, and so far police haven't been able to find her.
Her address is listed as the South Memphis home that caught fire, but neighbors say she hasn't lived there in years. According to Weirich, Dunn's probation officer told the Judge, not only is her address incorrect, she's off her required medications and hasn't attended mandatory grief counseling.
Weirich says prosecutors will ask the Judge to revoke her probation and put her behind bars for the remainder of her 14 year sentence, "They were left at home alone and began playing with matches and candles, and set the house on fire." Weirich says, "She was not home at the time, from the information we had, she was out shopping."
Former neighbor Maurice Ingram says Dunn shouldn't be locked up, "I don't feel she needed any more punishment, that's punishment enough to wake up everyday and know your kids aren't here."
Weirich is urging Dunn to turn herself in to police. It will be up to the Judge to decide whether Dunn will serve the remainder, or a portion, of her 14 year sentence behind bars.
Neighbors say Dunn still lives in the area and is pregnant.