From The Parhump Valley Times: Criminal charges were filed Thursday against the Pahrump mother whose three sons died in a February house fire.
Sharon Broadhead is facing three counts of child abuse and neglect, one count each for the three children she lost when a fast-moving blaze tore through her home on the morning of Feb. 9.
Zachary Broadhead, age 4, Elliott Broadhead, 16 months, and Brandon Smith, 5 years old, died along with a Broadhead family friend, 24-year-old Crystal Smiley.
Broadhead was arrested days after the fire and charged with multiple counts of manslaughter and child abuse causing death. Her bail amount was set at $35,000 then. She was released on her own recognizance.
District Attorney Brian Kunzi said the seven months between the fire and official charges being filed were the result of waiting for all of the fire, medical and toxicology reports to be completed and reviewed by his office.
The DA said that the charges Broadhead faces don’t completely relate to the fire that killed her children.
I have always said that the fire was an accident and that it was not criminal.
Now the DA is deciding that since that he can't get her on the fire exclusively, he will try other things and bring things up that are questionable at best.
First, has the Nye County CPS had complaints from teachers about the conditions of the children when they came to school?
And animal feces in the home? In what context is that? Our dogs, on occasion, have pooped in our house. Same with our guinea pigs and rabbit. We clean it when we see it, but hey, maybe according to the Nye County DA, that me be neglect.
Mom sleeps in the morning but the kids get to school?
And the fire, there were two adults at the home. While I understand the family of the adult victim, Crystal Smiley, being angry and hurt, the fact is that it was an accidental fire set by a child of the defendant.
This was a sham case from the beginning, Now, the Nye County DA is trying to justify the sheriff's false arrest right after the fire.
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