Hartsville mom will watch video of children's funeral from jail

Hope Hawkins in court

The Hartsville mother charged with Homicide by Child Abuse and neglect after her four children died in a house fire will get to see a video of the children's funeral, as ordered by Circuit Court Judge Michael Baxley.

Hope Hawkins was denied bond on the four charges of Homicide By Child Abuse last week and was unable to attend the funeral which was held on May 1.

Her children were killed in a house fire on Depot Street in Hartsville last Wednesday.

Deputies say Hawkins wasn't home at the time of the fire.

Her attorney, Tonya Copeland Little, filed a motion with the court asking if Hawkins could attend her children's funeral on Wednesday.

Circuit Court Judge Michael Baxley denied the motion saying to allow her to attend the funeral while in custody would cause multiple security and safety concerns.

Baxley did, however, order the Darlington County Sheriff's Office to arrange a video recording of the funeral service, so Hawkins can view it.

Darlington County Sheriff Wayne Byrd says the funeral home recorded the service and when they provide him with a video he will make it available to Hawkins' attorney.

Byrd said they are still waiting for the copy of the video.