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Sharon Hinojosa Set Fire to Her Home, Burning Two Children to Death

Wednesday, October 14, 2009 at 12:40 pm
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Mom left 4-year-old Anthony Hinojosa in the burning trailer home
At 3 a.m., according to police, Sharon Hinojosa purposely set fire to her mobile home in Huron Township, Michigan, just outside of Detroit. She grabbed her 1-year-old son, but left her other two children -- ages 3 and 4 -- behind.

Joe Dickes and another neighbor saw the fire and tried to rescue the kids. But they couldn't get through the door or the windows; the fire was out of control. "We heard the screams inside," he told the Associated Press. "There was nothing we could do."

What shocked him more is that their mother didn't seem worried that her two kids were burning to death. "Sharon was running up and down the street. She didn't care. She said, 'I couldn't wake them up.' Come on, you can throw them out the door...

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Sharon Hinojosa and boyfriend Justin Whisler with the three kids
Among the dead were daughter Alayna Hinojosa, 3, and son Anthony Hinojosa, 4. Mother Sharon, meanwhile, was hospitalized for drinking rubbing alcohol, but is expected to recover.

Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has charged mom, 29, with arson and murder. And if you read between the lines, it seems Sharon no longer wanted the two older kids. Worthy asserts she "knowingly left the children who were not fathered by her boyfriend... This should send chills up the spine of every person. I can't imagine the abject horror of the last seconds of their young lives."

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