Karlie Mae PhelpsAccording to court records in Johnson County, Kan, 28, was charged with involuntary manslaughter involving a child under the age of 6.
Phelps also faces a separate prosecution for Possession of drugs, court records show. The date of the offense in that case is listed as February 25, 2022 – the date she was taken to jail.
The filings do not currently list a defense attorney for Phelps. According to online prison records, she was placed under house arrest by the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office on Friday.
Court records say the charges relate to an incident that occurred on February 12, 2022.
The Shawnee Police Department and the Shawnee Fire Department – both located in suburban Kansas City – responded to the fire around 1 a.m. on Feb. 13, CBS’s KCTV branch in Kansas City. report. “The crew pulled a dead infant out of the house,” broadcaster speak bluntly while reporting the arrest of Phelps.
KCTV is further away speak The deceased infant was born in 2020.
Police Department, on February 14 Press Releasesimply stating that the fire occurred at 10502 West 69th Terrace.
“One person has been detained in connection with this incident,” the press release said at the time. “Theinvestigation still countinues.”
That person, as a former Law & Criminal reportto be Nicholas Adam Ecker28. FOX Affiliate WDAF-TV in Kansas City identify Ecker as the father of a dead child. Ecker reported violation a protective order in favor of the child’s mother and now charge with one count of first-degree murder and more serious arson with the risk of bodily harm. Authorities speak He deliberately set fire to take the child’s life.
ONE GoFundMe page founded by Jackie Phelpswho identifies herself on this site as the sister of Karlie Phelps and the aunt of the dead child, referring to the victim only by the name “Children. ”
“Junior is precious and a good boy!” GoFundMe page read on Saturday morning. “He’s been Karlie’s best friend and has helped her through the tough times.”
The site says Karlie Phelps has two “children” who have “lost all their belongings” in the fire and who need assistance.
GoFundMe has raised more than $10,800 as of Saturday morning — more than double its $5,000 goal — and it contains but a brief update that appears to address Karlie Phelps’ arrest:
I would like to let you know that the donation has been sent to the owner of the house and to help with the children’s needs. The Phelps family has received a lot [sic] backlash since the information was recently published. We don’t know what really happened but with the investigation going on, justice will be served. The children are in good hands and are deeply loved. I personally want to thank everyone for your contributions. These kids don’t deserve this.
The GoFundMe page says it’s set up to benefit one Kirby Phelps.
The Shawnee Mission Post note that officials had not confirmed a relationship between Karlie Phelps and the dead child, but it was reported that the address listed for Phelps in the prison reservation log matched the address where the house fire occurred. Local NBC affiliate KSHB also connect addresses in a similar fashion.
Under Kansas Law, involuntary manslaughter is generally (and simply) defined as “an act of murder committed. . . recklessly,” although several other definitions apply in some more complex cases. Those circumstances could include “flight away from any felony” – among other things. When the crime involves a “victim. . . under the age of six, “it is considered a “human felony” (eg, the victim is a person, not money or property) with “severity 3.” That makes it enough conditions for a presumptive 94-month sentence under state control condemnation net — in other words, just two short months in eight years. Range of possible detention by state condemnation net is 89 months (about 7.4 years) to 100 months (8.3 years) behind bars – but that assumes the offender has no criminal record. Under Kansas LawThe penalty is increased if a defendant is convicted of a previous offense on his or her record.
Karlie Phelps is scheduled to appear in court Monday afternoon, according to prison records. Ecker is scheduled to appear on March 31.
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