SC Woman Charged with Arson After Her Infant Dies in House Fire

"It was determined that Henderson was responsible for the fire."

Andrew Dys

The Charlotte Observer


A Rock Hill woman has been charged with arson after her infant child died following a house fire Thursday in Rock Hill, officials said.

Laquita Joyce Henderson, 30, was arrested for second-degree arson after a fire at a home on Sanders Street, according to the Rock Hill Police Department. Henderson is the mother of the child who died, said police Lt. Michael Chavis.

“It was determined that Henderson was responsible for the fire,” Chavis said Thursday night.

The fire happened around 4:15 p.m. at the home in the Boyd Hill neighborhood near the intersection of Main Street and Cherry Road, said Mark Simmons, Rock Hill Fire Department deputy chief.

The child was found in the house by firefighters, Simmons said.

The York County Coroner’s Office has not yet released the child’s identity.

Henderson remains in the Rock Hill jail pending a court hearing Friday.

The death remains under investigation by the police and fire departments.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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