EASTPOINTE, Mich. (FOX 2) - An Eastpointe mom was sentenced to probation after leaving her two children and niece home alone before their house caught fire in 2018.
Amber Renee Swain was sentenced to six months probation for the March 2018 deaths of Brendon Swain, 9; Zyher Swain, 8; and Madison Swain, 4.
According to police, the cousins were home alone inside a home on Juliana Street in Eastpointe on March 8, 2018, when it caught fire. Eastpointe police said the children were found in an upstairs bedroom. Brendon and Zyher were brothers, sons of Amber Swain, and Madison was their cousin.
Police at the time said the home did not have working smoke detectors.
Swain had been ordered to stand trial in April 2019 for three counts of second-degree child abuse and two counts of fourth-degree child abuse.
This past September, Swain pleaded no contest to misdemeanor fourth-degree child abuse for the deaths.
"We are quick to judge and place blame when a lot of us could be in the same position," said Maceroni, according to the paper. "I think she's been punished enough."
The grandparents of her sons said there was 'no excuse' to leave the children alone and that they cared for them routinely, Macomb Daily reported.
In April 2019, her attorney said the children had been home alone for about 85 minutes when the fire struck. He disputed arguments from prosecutors that Swain was reckless because she couldn't have foreseen that her home would burn down "during the short time frame."
Records say an electrical malfunction caused the fire.