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CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Prosecutors have decided not to seek the death penalty against a mother charged with murder after her children died in a house fire.

The Charlotte Observer reports that 26-year-old Orgal Opata nodded when she heard the decision in court Thursday.

Authorities say Opata's 2-year-old and 1-year-old children died in a February fire after being left alone in a Charlotte home. Two other children, ages 4 and 7, escaped with a neighbor's help.

Opata is charged with murder as well as four counts of exposing children to fire and three counts of felony child abuse.

She remains in the Mecklenburg jail on a bond of about $1 million.

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