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Child's mother, two others, charged with fire that killed 12-year-old

  • Monday, June 9, 2014

Dave Coombs

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The mother of a 12-year-old Andrews child that was killed in a fire in March is one of three people that have been charged in connection with the fire.
The fire occurred March 29 at a mobile home at 10 James Drive in Andrews.
The child, Dave S. Coombs was in the mobile home alone when the fire began, according to Georgetown County Deputy Coroner Chase Ridgeway.

Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Carrie Cuthbertson reports the child's mother,
Marissa Cohen, 39, has been charged with one count of Conspiracy to Commit Arson and Arson in the First Degree.
Also charged with the same offenses are James Miller, 40, of 6 Soapberry Place and Randy Collins, 43,  years of age, of 16 Clair Street in Andrews.

"As a result of the investigation, Georgetown County Sheriff's Investigators in conjunction with investigators of the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division (SLED) determined the fire was deliberately set," Cuthbertson said. "Throughout the course of the investigation, Marissa Cohen failed to cooperate with law enforcement."
Cohen moved to Kentucky shortly after the incident.
When firefighters arrived on the scene the night of March 29, flames were billowing from the mobile home.
Coombs was found inside the mobile home. Ridgeway said the child's mother arrived on the scene after the fire started.

Investigators were told the family had moved out of the mobile home on James Drive and into a new home.
Investigators were also told Coombs attended a birthday party that night and did not answer calls from his mother.
“In the process of the investigation, it was determined (Coombs) returned to the house instead of their new home without the family's knowledge,” Cuthbertson said in March.
When asked why the three were not charged with murder of a another charge for the child's death, Cuthbertson said she was told by the investigator "the charges are appropriate for the case."

According to South Carolina law, a person is charged with arson in the first degree if they are accused of "willfully and maliciously" setting fire to a house or other dwelling "which results, either directly or indirectly, in the death of a person."
The sentence for that charge, if convicted, is not less than 30 years.
Cuthbertson said it is unknown when Cohen will be extradited back to Georgetown County.

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