S.C. mother charged in fatal fire

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. — Police say they have charged a South Carolina mother with homicide by child neglect after determining that she was not home when a fire started that killed two of her children.

Amy Robinson, 27, was arrested Friday, more than a month after the blaze in North Charleston that killed a 3-month-old girl and a 2-year-old boy. A 4-year-old girl escaped without injury.

Immediately after the fire, Robinson told reporters a knocked-over lamp started the blaze. But investigators say the children were playing with a cigarette lighter and Robinson was not home.

Police say they were suspicious because Robinson had no scratches or burns.

Robinson is in jail awaiting a bond hearing. It wasn't immediately clear if she had an attorney.



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