Tennessee Grandmother Charged with Murder and Arson in the Deaths of Her 2 Grandchildren

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A Tennessee grandmother was indicted this week for the murder of her two young granddaughters by fire back on April 1st.

Firefighters were called to the fire at just after 3 a.m. and while on their way, were informed that there were still two young kids trapped inside the home.

The tiny victims have been identified as six-month-old Ameya and one-year-old Jaleah. They were transported to Baptist Tipton where they were officially pronounced dead.

Jessica Cuningham, the mother of the two girls, wasn’t at the home at the time of the fire, but blamed her mother, Linda Anne Dunavant, for their deaths.

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“You know your grandkids are in there, you ain’t tell the police, the ambulance or (nobody) …” she said to reporters.

The 51-year-old grandmother had suffered burns in the incident, and had been airlifted to the burn unit at Regional One Medical Center.

She was charged with two counts of first degree felony murder, two counts of aggravated arson, two counts of aggravated child neglect, and aggravated assault.

She remains held in the Tipton County Correctional Facility.

 

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