Mother Goes to Prison

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

A mother, whose four children died in a 2003 house fire after she and her sister allegedly left them alone and went to a nightclub, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison on each of four counts of negligent manslaughter.

A Yazoo County judge Thursday suspended eight years on each count, leaving Clara Bell with two years to serve on the concurrent sentences.

Police say Bell and her sister left the six children alone the night of Oct. 6, 2003. While they were away, the children became trapped when the wood-frame house went up in flames.

Five died and one child was rescued. The fifth dead child belonged to Bell's sister. The sister is scheduled to go on trial later.

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