Woman gets 3 years probation after plea in deaths of 2 children

Amy Robinson
Amy Robinson

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A 29-year-old woman pleaded guilty to two counts of involuntary manslaughter and one count of unlawful conduct towards a child Thursday afternoon in the deaths of her two children. A judge sentenced her to three years probation.

The North Charleston Police Department arrested Amy Robinson in October of 2009 for a fire that August that killed her children, 2-year-old Anthony Lazo and his half sister 2-month-old Tatyanna Green.

During sentencing, the judge said Robinson must maintain random drug testing and mental health support.
Officials say Robinson was given probation for numerous reasons including having a clean background as well as her family asking for probation. The prosecution also made no recommendation for sentencing.

Robinson left the courtroom with tears streaming down her face

During testimony, Robinson's attorney, Marybeth Mullaney, explained that Robinson only confessed to police that she was not inside the trailer at the time of the fire after a ten hour FBI interrogation.

Mullaney says the truth was that Robinson was inside the trailer sleeping, but woke up when she heard a loud pop from what was believed to be a lamp in the children's bedroom. Mullaney says Robinson suffers from a thyroid disorder and has a history of mental impairments.

According to Mullaney, Robinson's thyroid problem in addition to caring for a young baby and two young children added to her being tired on that day.

Mullaney says that prior to police arrival at the trailer fire, EMS did testify that Robinson had soot on her face and smelled of smoke but had cleaned up before she was interviewed by police. 

According to fire officials, the fire started as a result of the children playing with a cigarette lighter.

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