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Mother charged in fire that killed her 4 children

11:03 PM, Apr 25, 2013   |    comments
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By Neel Dhere, WLTX 

HARTSVILLE, SC (WLTX) -- The mother of four children who were killed in a fire in Hartsville Wednesday has been charged.

Hope Hawkins, 21,  has been charged with one count of unlawful neglect of a child.  Investigators say more charges are pending.

Hawkins was taken into custody just after 9:00 p.m. 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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