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Mother of Fire Victim Doesn't Blame Anyone

PAHRUMP, Nev -- The mother of the young woman killed in the house fire that claimed the life of three little boys is now speaking out about the loss of her 24-year-old daughter.

Crystal Smiley was on the phone to 911 when fell victim to the heavy black smoke that engulfed the Pahrump home and also killed her friend's three young children. The mother of those children, Sharon Broadhead, was the only one to make it our alive. She now faces four counts of involuntary manslaughter as well as child abuse and neglect charges.

Cindy Smiley, Crystal's mother, does not believe Sharon Broadhead is at fault for her daughter's death. While thousands of things have run through Smiley's mind since the horrific fire on Feb. 9, she says, not a single thought has placed blame on Broadhead.

"This is Anthony at the site," said Cindy Smiley as she looks through newspaper clippings detailing the news coverage of the deadly house fire. "This is from the day of the fire."

Each clipping, each headline is a dagger through Smiley's heart.

"That's where the realization comes in, that they're not ever coming home," said Smiley. "You wake up every single day and all through the day you wait for the door to open and have her come home and just realize it's been a nightmare."

Her daughter and the three boys died when flames engulfed the manufactured home. Investigators say the fire was started by one of the kids.

Still stunned from losing her children, Sharon Broadhead was taken into police custody Saturday. She is accused of negligence and abuse because of previous fires in the home that were not reported. She appeared in the Nye County Justice Court Monday and was released. Her lawyer says authorities acted on impulse without enough information.

"It's more of a knee jerk reaction for the state to arrest and let things settle out later," said Thomas Gibson, Broadhead's attorney.

Smiley believes a parent can't always control what their kids do and that Sharon Broadheat should not face charges. She says manufactured homes are so flammable, it was impossible for her daughter to escape.

"Things happen in the flash of an eye and it just happened so quick, I don't think for one second that she had intended or ever thought that would happen again," said Smiley.

It's a scrapbook no parent wants to put together. "I will miss how loving and giving that she was."

Cindy Smiley says the clippings tell the story of Crystal, a life lost too soon. Crystal's funeral will be Friday afternoon at the Pahrump Community Church. The three boys will be buried after a service on Wednesday at the LDS church in Pahrump.