Mother whose children died in fire asks for bond
Tue, 21 May 2013 14:25:06 GMT —
Hope Hawkins went in front of Judge Paul Burch Tuesday morning for a bond hearing.
Hawkins is charged with four counts of Homicide by Child Abuse and four counts of Unlawful Conduct Towards a Child.
Deputies say her four toddler children were home alone in their Hartville home when a fire started in the kitchen and eventually took the children's lives.
Hawkins' attorney Tonya Copeland-Little says investigators have it wrong when they said Hawkins had left the children alone.
She says her client called 911 just minutes after the fire to report it.
First responders were dispatched to the scene of the fire on Depot Street in Hartsville on April 24 at 1:53 p.m.
According to Little, Hawkins tried to call 911 at 1:52 p.m., but in a panic dialed 699.
She called again at 1:53 p.m. and could only be heard screaming on the 911 call, Little said.
She says this puts Hawkins at the scene at the time of the fire..
Deputies said in court Tuesday Hawkins was seen running from a neighborhood near her home. They insist she was not home at the time of the fire.
"At this time, we don't actually know where she was or what she was doing. We just got witness statements that said she was running from a particular neighborhood. We've spoken with several individuals in the neighborhood. At this point we don't know exactly what house she was coming from," said Investigator David Young, Darlington County Sheriff's Office.
Hawkins will also be charged with four counts of Involuntary Manslaughter, according to the Fourth Circuit Solicitor's Office.
Judge Burch is expected to make his decision on whether to grant Hawkins' bond on June 10. He said in court bond will likely be granted.