Mother Charged in Fire That Killed Her 4 Children

11:15 PM, Apr 25, 2013   |    comments
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HARTSVILLE, SC (WLTX) -- The mother of four children who were killed in a fire in Hartsville yesterday has been charged.

Hope Hawkins, 21,  has been charged with one count of unlawful neglect of a child.  Investigators say more charges are pending. UPDATE: Mom Charged with Homicide by Child Abuse

Hawkins was taken into custody just after 9:00 PM Thursday and booked into the Darlington County Detention center.

Earlier Thursday, the Darlington County coroner says her four children, ranging from 10-months-old to 4-years-old, died as a result of smoke inhalation after a fire broke out at their mobile home Wednesday afternoon.

The Darlington County Sheriff's department has scheduled a press conference for  Friday morning at 10:00 a.m regarding the fire.

A candlelight vigil for the children is taking place Friday night at 8:30 p.m in Hartsville's Centennial Park.  Funerals for the children are set for a week from Thursday.


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