AG's Office to prosecute mom charged in deaths of her 4 children

The SC Attorney General's Office says it will prosecute Hope Hawkins, 22, after receiving a request from the Fourth Circuit Solicitor's Office that is unable to prosecute the case due to a potential conflict.

Hawkins is charged with Homicide By Child Abuse and Unlawful Neglect Of a Child in the deaths of her four small children.

Investigators say Hawkins wasn't home on April 24 when her house caught fire on Depot Street in Hartsville killing the children.

Camaron Mason, 2, Delonta Dixon, 4, and 10-month-old twin sisters Myasia and Kynasia Hawkins died from smoke inhalation, according to the Darlington County Coroner.

Hawkins says she was at home when the fire started, but was unable to get to her children because of the flames.

She remains out of jail on a $50,000 bond. No word on when she'll be tried.