AURORA, Colo. - The mother of a 15-month-old daughter and 3-year-old son who died in a house fire after she left them alone for seven hours to attend a party has been sentenced to 27 years in prison.
Danielle Lynn Brockman told the judge she had nobody to blame but herself for their deaths in 2011.
Aurora police Detective Lance Dyer testified earlier that Brockman told investigators she left 3-year-old Timothy Joseph Ramirez and 15-month-old Alivia Ramirez at about 9:30 p.m. Oct. 29 to go out with friends.
Dyer said Brockman returned home at about 5 a.m. the next day to find that a fire had broken out and the smoke was so heavy she couldn't get to the children.
A back burner on the stove ignited the fire that asphyxiated the children.
She pleaded guilty Friday as part of the plea bargain. Had she gone to trial, she faced up to 48 years in prison.