Mother charged in children's death asking for another bond hearing
Mon, 29 Apr 2013 17:22:28 GMT —
An attorney for Hope Hawkins, the mother charged after her four children died in a house fire, has filed a motion asking for bond reconsideration.
Hawkins' bond was denied on four counts of Homicide By Child Abuse on Friday.
She was granted an $80,000 bond on four counts of Unlawful Neglect Toward A Child.
Her four children were killed in a fire at their home on Depot Street in Hartsville last Wednesday.
The four children were identified as Myasia Hawkins and her twin sister, Kynasia Hawkins, ten-months-old, their brother, Delonta Dixon, 4, and another brother, Camaron Mason, 2, according to Coroner J. Todd Hardee.
Their bodies were burned beyond recognition.
Autopsy results show all the children died from smoke inhalation.
Deputies say Hawkins was not home when the fire started and has lied about where she was during that time.
Attorney Tonya Copeland Little filed a motion Monday morning asking Circuit Court Judge Michael Baxley to hold a bond reconsideration hearing for Hawkins during the week of April 29, or soon thereafter.
Little is representing Hawkins for bond purposes.
Public defender Rick Jones was present with her in court Friday as her lead attorney on the eight charges filed against her.
Court officials say Judge Baxley is presiding in the Fourteenth Circuit this week. That circuit includes Allendale, Hampton, Colleton, Jasper and Beaufort counties.
If Judge Baxley orders a second bond hearing, the Darlington County Detention Center will have to take Hawkins to one of those counties for the hearing.
Hawkins remains at the Darlington County Detention Center.