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Mother in Rock Hill Sentenced to 25 Years for Arson and Child Abuse, Leading to Infant’s Death

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Rock Hill Mother Convicted of Arson, Resulting in Infant’s Death

A Rock Hill mother has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for setting fire to her home which resulted in the death of her seven-month-old baby. The incident occurred in October 2021 on Sanders Street, Rock Hill.

The mother, Laquita Henderson, pled guilty to homicide by child abuse and arson in a York County courtroom. The report states that upon police officers’ arrival to the site, Henderson confessed that her house was aflame with her infant child inside.

The Tragic Event

The Rock Hill Fire Department entered the burning building to retrieve the baby. Once the child was found, immediate transport was arranged to the Piedmont Medical Center in an ambulance. Despite the immediate medical attention administered upon arrival, the infant was tragically pronounced deceased at the hospital.

A Heartbreaking Verdict

Henderson, aged 30, was subsequently arrested and charged with arson and homicide by child abuse. Following her guilty plea, Henderson was imminently sentenced to 25 years imprisonment last week in a York County courtroom.

The incident has left the community in shock and grief, as a candlelight vigil was held to honour the innocent life lost in this tragic event. Family, friends, and neighbours gathered to remember the short life of the seven-month-old baby.

Further Investigation

The fires’ cause is now a significant question for law enforcement authorities, who are investigating the tragic incident further. The local fire department is working with law enforcement to decode the incident to prevent such incidents from recurring.

The tragic death of the infant and the grim proceedings have resulted in heightened community awareness in Rock Hill regarding fire safety, especially for households with young children. As a result, several community outreach programs have been organized offering workshops and information on fire safety measures in homes.

In the ultimate tragic irony, a life that had barely begun was snuffed out prematurely due to arson, a preventable disaster. This incident serves as a harsh reminder of the importance of fire safety and the horrific consequences of failing to adhere to such measures.

The tragedy has had a profound effect on the community, serving as a stark reminder regular fire checks, the importance of safe and responsible behavior, and the unexpected consequences that may arise as a result of such negligence.

Community Response and Support

Following the unfortunate incident, the local community has united in grief and support. Several organizations and individual community members have reached out offering support to the grief-strunched family and reinforcing the importance of community unity in times of adversity. The tragedy underscores the importance of community rallying together in support during times of crisis, sorrow and uncertainty.


HERE Rock Hill
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