FT LAUDERDALL (CBSMiami) – A Lauderhill father was charged with child neglect after one of his sons died in a fire has accepted a deal from the state.
On Wednesday, Wisler Isme, 29, changed his plea to no contest. In return he was sentenced to 10 years probation and ordered to take a parenting class.
On June 23rd, Isme was home alone with his sons Jayden, 8, and Justin, 9, while their mother Melanie Harvey was at work.
Police said Harvey had car trouble and called Isme. Investigators say Isme left the children alone, possibly for hours. When he and Harvey returned to their townhome it was fully engulfed in flames.
Isme’s attorney Scott Hecker said the the fire was started by candle’s Harvey had lit in the boys’ bedroom closet
“The candles were lit by the mother, they were placed inside a closet with a sheet over it. She placed it high in the closet so the boys could not get to the candle,” said Hecker.
According to the boys’ grandfather, the 8-year-old woke up first and alerted his older brother but he said that Jayden was reluctant to jump out the window after his older brother, Justin.
Justin went to a neighbor, Evlyne Mondestin, and she called for for help. Mondestin said she and Justin ran inside the burning townhome to get Jayden, but when they reached the second floor where he was, they found it engulfed in flames and they couldn’t get to him.
Firefighters arrived within three minutes but couldn’t reach the child either.
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