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Mother of Children Killed in Pahrump House Fire Arrested
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PAHRUMP, Nev. -- The Nye County Sheriff's Office has arrested the mother of the three children who died in a fire on Wednesday.

Sharon Broadhead was arrested and charged with three counts of child abuse and neglect causing death and four counts of involuntary manslaughter.

The investigation revealed that the children had started previous fires in the home and that preventive measures from the mother were not taken.

Police say the lack of supervision was not an isolated incident to the morning fire, but routine. Detectives say two children destroyed an entire room of the house by putting holes in the walls and starting fires on at least two other occasions.

Police say a pillow was set on fire and another incident of a piece of paper catching fire inside the home and the mother knew about it. These incidents happened within two to three months prior to the fatal fire.

Detectives say one of the children had been caught on at least one occasion sneaking a lighter from the mother's purse.

Police say the events that led to a fire starting at the home stemmed from a routine of child neglect and lack of supervision from the mother, causing the loss of four lives.

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