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Hartsville mom indicted in fire deaths of her 4 children

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The clerk of courts has confirmed that Hope Hawkins has been indicted by a Grand Jury on four counts of unlawful neglect of a child, four counts of homicide by child abuse, and four counts of manslaughter/involuntary manslaughter.

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 Hawkins, whose four children under age 4 died in a fire in April, has a bond hearing Monday

The homicide by child abuse charges could bring Hawkins, age 21, a sentence of 20 years to life if she is found guilty. The counts of manslaughter/involuntary manslaughter are new from the Grand Jury indictment.

Hawkins is accused by authorities of not being home when the mobile home she lived in with her children caught fire on April 24.

Her children were found dead hugging each other – at least two of them were found huddled in a closet of the home.

When fire crews arrived at the fiery single-wide home, which is reported to be the grandmother's, they found Hawkins in the front yard of the burning residence. It's unclear how many people lived in the house.

The children, who died from smoke inhalation, were twin 10-month-old daughters, and boys ages 2 and 4.

 Inside the home were Myasia Hawkins and her twin sister, Kynasia Hawkins, their brother, Delonta Dixon 4, and Camaron Mason 2-years-old.  

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