S.C. mother charged in fatal fire

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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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SusieQ 10/03/09 - 04:40 pm
She was no MOTHER, anyone

She was no MOTHER, anyone that would leave children alone should not be given such a great name. A MOTHER would not do that.

justus4 10/03/09 - 05:21 pm
Woman loses two children,

Woman loses two children, then she is charged with their deaths as arson. Texas has excuted a man thought to be innocent because the so-called investigators made serious mistakes about the cause of a fire he was charged with starting-how did the "cigarette lighters" theory get into the investigation? This science about determining the cause of fires is suspect and should be reviewed because this case sounds like punishment for not properly supervising children.

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