HARTSVILLE, SC (WMBF) - The mother of four Hartsville children that died in a tragic home fire on April 24 was back in court after being indicted by a grand jury, and was given a $50,000 bond.
Hope Hawkins, 21, faces four counts of involuntary manslaughter, four counts of homicide by child abuse, and four counts of unlawful neglect of a child.
Her four young children died when their home near Hartsville caught fire on April 24. Investigators still don't know where Hawkins was when the fire started, but they believe the four kids were left alone.
Hawkins was set to face a judge for a bond hearing Tuesday afternoon. She was originally supposed to be back in court on Monday, but solicitors in Hartsville held a conference to answer questions for the judge.
During the bond hearing, a judge set her bond at a total of $50,000, which is a reduction from the bond she was given previously. The conditions of that bond are that Hawkins cannot leave the state of South Carolina and cannot live with anyone under the age of 18.
Hawkins' defense attorney Tonya Copeland Little has now turned her case back over to a public defender. She was working for the family to have the bond set and her client released from prison, but tells our news team the family can no longer afford to retain her legal services.
Hawkins' family said they were headed to the jail to have Hawkins released just moments after bond was set.