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Madera Mom Pleads Guilty in Deaths of Toddler Son and Infant Daughter



The parents of Madera toddler Thaddeus Sran, 2, who was killed in 2020, have pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter. (Facebook/Madera Police Department)
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The story Briseida Sran and Sukhjinder Sran told Madera police about the summer 2020 disappearance of their 2-year-old special needs son has officially been confirmed as a lie.

The Srans pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter charges Monday in the death of little Thaddeus on Monday.

Brieseida Sran also admitted to the 2015 killing of their 4-month-old daughter, Divina Sran, Madera County District Attorney Sally Moreno said.

Her husband, Skhjinder Sran, pleaded guilty to the killing of Thaddeus but there is no evidence that he was involved in Divina’s killing, Moreno said.

Brieseida Sran faces up to 28 years in prison and her husband 11 years behind bars when they are sentenced in Madera County Superior Court on July 29.

Motives for Killing Children Unknown

The coroner’s office was unable to determine a cause of death for either child and a motive in their killings remains unknown, Moreno said.

“They are not saying and cannot be required to say,” Moreno said.

Thaddeus, who was born prematurely and had a feeding tube, was reported missing on July 15, 2020. According to the parents, they had put him to be at 10 p.m. the previous night, only to discover that he was gone the next morning.

Eight days later, the burned remains of a toddler later identified as those of Thaddeus were found by a cadaver dog in an ag fire pit west of Madera. Days before the discovery, Madera Police had said that the Srans weren’t aiding in the search for their son and had stopped cooperating with investigators.

Last September, Moreno additionally charged Brieseida Sran with murder and child abuse in the 2015 death of Divina.

Bill McEwen is news director and columnist for GV Wire. He joined GV Wire in August 2017 after 37 years at The Fresno Bee. With The Bee, he served as Opinion Editor, City Hall reporter, Metro columnist, sports columnist and sports editor through the years. His work has been frequently honored by the California Newspapers Publishers Association, including authoring first-place editorials in 2015 and 2016. Bill and his wife, Karen, are proud parents of two adult sons, and they have two grandsons. You can contact Bill at 559-492-4031 or at Send an Email

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