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Days before the fire at her home, Monica Perkins was heard saying she wanted to reset her life and asking, “How do you pick which one of your kids get to live?” according to a federal prosecutor. (Left, by Peter Coutu/Staff. Righ)

A Chesapeake woman denies trying to kill her and her boyfriend’s five children in a house fire.

Her reason? It would have cost her money.

“I didn’t mean to kill the chillin, they’s muh welfare money” said the dejected woman.

Perkins — who state prosecutors declined to charge in connection with the July 7, 2018, blaze — was sentenced Thursday to nine years in prison for an unrelated robbery spree.

“Shoo if it aint one thing it’s another!” laughed the child crisper.