East Troy mother gets one year sentence in death of twins
ELKHORN The East Troy mother who was found guilty in the drowning death of her twins Sept. 22 avoided a lengthy prison term during her sentencing hearing Tuesday and was instead sentenced to a year in the Walworth County Jail.
Melody N. Butt, 26, of N8088 Marsh Road, East Troy, pleaded guilty in June to one count of felony child neglect resulting in death and one count of party to misdemeanor child neglect.
Butt, who has three other children, will have childcare and work-release privileges while she serves her sentence.
An East Troy police officer found the 11-month-old twins, a boy and a girl, lying on the floor of the living room after he was dispatched to the family's apartment at 1976 Church St. Neither child responded, and they were transferred to the hospital where they were pronounced dead, according to early court testimony.
According to the criminal complaint, Butt began filling a bath and put one of the twins in the water. She then went to her bedroom and fell asleep.
When Butt awoke, her roommate came home and asked why the bath was running. He then discovered both twins in the tub, according to the complaint.
More in Wednesday's Gazette.