HARTSVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say they have arrested the mother of four young children killed in a South Carolina mobile home fire.
Darlington County Sheriff Wayne Byrd tweeted on Thursday evening that 21-year-old Hope Hawkins faces charges of unlawful conduct toward a child and that additional charges are pending. He plans to talk with reporters Friday morning.
Coroner Todd Hardee on Thursday identified the children as 10-month-old sisters Myasia and Kynasia Hawkins. Also killed were their brothers, 2-year-old Camaron Mason and 4-year-old Delonta Dixon.
Authorities said that when firefighters arrived at the family's home Wednesday afternoon, Hawkins was standing outside pleading with them to save her children, who were inside. Firefighters were unable to save the four, who died of smoke inhalation.
Sheriff's office spokesman Capt. Andy Locklair said Hawkins was arrested Thursday night. He did not know whether she has an attorney.