Woman accused in deaths of children on trial

CHARLESTON, SC (AP) - A witness in the trial of a South Carolina woman who stuffed her children into trash bags after they died in a sweltering car says the defendant was a good mother.

Sametta Heyward is on trial in Charleston on charges of homicide by child abuse and illegal conduct toward a child in the July 2007 deaths of her 4-year-old son and 1-year-old daughter.

Prosecutors say Heyward left her children in her car when she went to work at a county-run group home. Authorities say temperatures in the car may have reached 130 degrees.

Family friend Latrisha Stanley testified Heyward was a good mother and the deaths were an accident.

Prosecutor Scarlett Wilson says Heyward could have asked someone to care for the children when her baby sitter canceled.

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