HARTSVILLE, SC (WMBF) – A new trial date has been scheduled for a mother charged with four counts of homicide by child abuse after her four children died in a fire in April of 2013.
The trial date for Hope Hawkins is scheduled for Monday, November 9, 2015 in Darlington General Sessions Court, said Mark Powell with the SC Attorney General's Office.
Hawkins faces four counts of involuntary manslaughter, four counts of homicide by child abuse, and four counts of unlawful neglect of a child, according to court records. She faces a sentence of 20 years to life for each count of homicide by child abuse, Powell said.
Earlier this year, the fathers of the children filed a lawsuit against Hawkins and the Department of Social Services, alleging DSS knew the mother was unfit, and their malfeasance contributed to the deaths of the four children.
The fatal fire happened in April 24, 2013. The bodies of four young children were found in a Hartsville home.
The four children found dead were siblings. The family identified the children as four-year-old Delonta Dixon, two-year-old Camaron Mason, and twin 10-month-old girls My'asia and Ky'nasia Hawkins.
"They were beautiful. Two boys, two girls. When they come around, they just light up everything," Janice Hawkins, the children's aunt said.