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Parents charged after Pennsylvania girls are killed by falling dresser


PITTSBURGH - The parents of two young Pennsylvania girls killed when a heavy dresser fell on them were arrested on Thursday and face criminal charges, authorities said.

David Beatty had left the room knowing his daughters Ryeley, 3, and Brooklyn, 2, were playing inside one of the dresser drawers on July 4, Beaver County District Attorney Anthony Berosh told a news conference.

"Approximately 10 minutes later, he heard a crash," Berosh said. "He didn't respond to that for another 20 or so minutes."

The two girls suffocated, authorities said. The family lives in Aliquippa in western Pennsylvania.

Beatty was charged with involuntary manslaughter and endangering the welfare of a child.

"Children should not be left behind, and that's what happened in this case," Berosh said.

The children's mother, Jennifer Beatty, was not home at the time but was charged with reckless endangerment of a child based on the condition of the home, he said.

"It was our belief that the conditions itself were a danger to the children living there," Berosh said.

Three other children, two boys ages 4 and 5 and an 8-year-old girl, have been removed from the home, he said.

The Beattys are being held in the Beaver County Jail, with a preliminary hearing scheduled for July 31.