MILES CITY — A former baby sitter has received a 10-year prison sentence in the deaths of two girls who died in a fire at the woman's home.
Twila Carey also received a concurrent 5-year term, which was suspended, and was ordered to pay $11,678 in restitution to the families of Sascha Waldo, 5, and Kaitlyn Kanenwisher, 4.
Carey, 38, pleaded guilty in January to one count of criminal endangerment and one count of possessing dangerous drugs.
Carey told investigators she was napping when the fire started on March 15, 2003. She escaped the blaze, which killed the two girls. Investigators believe the children had been playing with a lighter that had been left within reach.
Officers found methamphetamine in Carey's home and traces of the drug in her system. Carey, who had no earlier criminal convictions, told authorities she stopped using the drug eight months after the fire, a parole and probation officer said at the sentencing on Tuesday.
"The deaths of two little girls, nothing worse could happen," District Judge Gary Day said. "We shouldn't outlive our children."
Carey, who cried during the hearing, briefly apologized in court.
"I'm very sorry for what happened that day," she said.
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