Mother Charged After 4 Children Die In Mobile Home Fire
A 21-year-old woman whose four young children died from inhaling smoke during a mobile home fire that occurred while they were left alone has now been charged with homicide and neglect in connection with their deaths.
via USA Today
A 21-year-old mother of four whose children died in a mobile home fire was charged Friday in connection with their deaths.
Darlington County sheriff’s deputies arrested Hope Hawkins of Hartsville, S.C., on Thursday, a day after her children ages 10 months to 4 years old were found dead from smoke inhalation in a closet in a bedroom after her kitchen caught fire.
She did not arrive at home until firefighters arrived at the scene and put out the fire, investigators said.
It took firefighters less than 10 minutes to put out the fire.
Hawkins was first charged with one count of unlawful neglect of a child Thursday. Hours later, Sheriff Wayne Byrd added three more counts totaling four counts of homicide by child abuse.
Sisters Myasia and Kynasia Hawkins, 10 months; and their brothers, Camaron Mason, 2, and Delonta Dixon, 4, died Wednesday.
This is so heartbreaking….these poor children. Do you think this woman should be held responsible for the death of her children? Or do you think her suffering will be great enough without sending her to jail?
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