CHAMBERLAIN -- A Chamberlain couple arrested in June after being found unconscious with two children in a smoke-filled apartment will not serve prison time.
Katrina and Tyler Harmon, both 28, accepted plea agreements with the state and were sentenced on Aug. 20 and July 24, respectively.
On June 3, Chamberlain police responded to a South Grace Street apartment that was reported to potentially be on fire. Officers used a master key to unlock the apartment door and reportedly found the Harmons unconscious and 11-month-old and 7-year-old children inside.
A pan of dry rice on the stove had caught on fire, according to court documents, and the Chamberlain Fire Department responded. The children were taken to a hospital by ambulance for smoke inhalation and were later taken into care by the South Dakota Department of Social Services.
The Harmons were arrested and transported to the Brule County Jail, where they were both found to have a blood-alcohol content higher than 0.20. Tyler Harmon was charged with two counts of child abuse, a Class 4 felony, and two counts of contributing to abuse, neglect or delinquency. Katrina Harmon is charged with abuse or cruelty to a minor less than 7 years of age, a Class 3 felony.
On July 24, Tyler Harmon pleaded guilty to two counts of contributing to the abuse, neglect or delinquency of a child, a Class 1 misdemeanor. He was given a 360-day jail sentence on each count with credit for 39 days served and the remainder suspended. He was ordered to pay $720 in fines and court costs.
Katrina Harmon pleaded guilty to one count of child abuse, a Class 4 felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison, on June 25. On Aug. 20, she was given a suspended five-year prison sentence with four years probation.