UPDATE: Wis. mom might face prison after child deaths

UPDATED Sunday, February 16, 2014 --- 2:37 p.m.

ELKHORN, Wis. (AP) -- A Walworth County woman who was sentenced to probation after her twin children drowned in a bathtub in 2011 might now face prison time.

A Janesville Gazette report (http://bit.ly/1bzMV9I ) says 28-year-old Melody N. Butt is accused of violating the terms of her probation. The East Troy woman faces four misdemeanor charges including possession of marijuana.

The state Department of Corrections says it's reviewing the case to decide whether Butt should be sent to prison.

She was convicted of child neglect resulting in death, after she fell asleep while the 11-month-old boy and girl were in the tub. A 10-year prison sentence was stayed, meaning she'd only serve the time if she violated probation.

The voicemail for her previous defense attorney, Joshua Klaff, was full Sunday and wouldn't accept a message.

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UPDATED: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 --- 12:30 p.m.

EAST TROY, Wis. (AP) -- An East Troy woman is sentenced to a year in jail for the drowning deaths of her 11-month-old twins.

Twenty-seven-year-old Melody Butt earlier pleaded guilty to felony child neglect resulting in death and misdemeanor child neglect. She faced a maximum 25 years in prison and one year in jail. WDJT-TV says Butt will also serve 14 years of extended supervision following her jail term.

A criminal complaint says Butt began filling the bathtub, put one of the twins in the water, then went to her bedroom and fell asleep Sept. 22. She awoke when her roommate arrived home and discovered the twins in the tub. The boy and girl twins were pronounced dead at a local hospital.

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UPDATED: Tuesday, July 31, 2012 --- 8:45 a.m.

EAST TROY, Wis. (AP) -- An East Troy woman faces sentencing Tuesday in the drowning deaths of her 11-month-old twins.

Twenty-seven-year-old Melody Butt has pleaded guilty to felony child neglect resulting in death and misdemeanor child neglect. She faces a maximum 25 years in prison and one year in jail.

A criminal complaint says Butt began filling the bathtub, put one of the twins in the water, then went to her bedroom and fell asleep Sept. 22. She awoke when her roommate arrived home and discovered the twins in the tub. The boy and girl twins were pronounced dead at a local hospital.

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Posted Friday, June 15, 2012 --- 9:35 a.m.

EAST TROY, Wis. (AP) -- An East Troy woman has pleaded guilty in the deaths of her twin baby girls who drowned in a bathtub while she slept.

Melody Butt pleaded guilty to two counts of felony child neglect. A complaint says Butt ran a bath for the 11-month-old twins and then fell asleep in her bedroom on Sept. 22. The complaint says she woke up when a roommate came home and found the twins in an overflowing bath.

Two misdemeanor counts were dismissed Thursday.

WITI-TV reports (http://bit.ly/ON0wLf) she is scheduled to be sentenced July 31.

She is out on bond and is under a no contact order with her other children unless under supervision of authorities.

She could face up to 50 years in prison and a $200,000 fine.

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Information from: WITI-TV, http://www.fox6now.com

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