A 28-year-old Kansas father was arrested this weekend after he allegedly intentionally set fire to his home and killed his infant son. Nicholas Adam Ecker was taken into custody and charged with one count of first-degree murder and aggravated arson with danger of bodily harm for allegedly starting a fire that claimed the baby’s life, court records case shown by Law & Crime.
Ecker appeared before a judge in Johnson County Court on Monday for allegedly violating a protective order against the victim’s mother. He faces separate charges such as felony stalking, aggravated domestic assault and illegal possession of a weapon.
Johnson County Court records show 15 cases filed against Ecker over the years, including various counts of juvenile delinquency, domestic violence matters, and current cases. Records show that a number of juvenile cases, such as possession or use of small items, were dropped by prosecutors. Other juvenile cases, such as misdemeanors and criminal misreports, ended in Ecker under state supervision.
But the records also show: in 2010 he pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor of disorderly conduct; a 2010 plea to crime blur the ID mark of a gun; a 2011 conviction for theft; 2020 count of possession of a firearm due to a felony.
Follow Shawnee Police DepartmentOfficers and firefighters at around 1 a.m. on Sunday responded to a 911 call about a home fire at a property located in the 10000 block of West 69th Terrace. Upon arrival at the scene, first responders reported that the home was engulfed in flames, Kansas City ABC affiliate KMBC-TV report. Firefighters battling the blaze entered the home and found an infant inside. The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.
A reporter with the local newspaper Shawnee Mission Post to be on-site report of the fire in the early hours of Sunday morning. Follow Mission Post’s Reportedly, a man on a motorbike pulled over to the side yard of the mansion while the fire was still raging and “dropped his bicycle on the curb and sped toward the front door of the house.” The man, later identified as Ecker, is said to have been stopped by police and firefighters before reaching the front door and escorted away before he was eventually detained and charged with setting a fire.
A copy of the criminal complaint obtained by Post Mission It was reported that Ecker “illegally and felony” killed his infant son “with fire or explosives”.
A judge ordered Ecker to remain incarcerated at the Johnson County Jail for $1 million for the murder and arson charges, as well as an additional $58,500 for stalking, battery and firearm charges. , online profile display.
“Our hearts go out to the family,” said Deputy Superintendent Shawnee Fire Corey Sands said after the fire was under control, based on Newsweek. “Shawnee is a tight-knit community. Our hearts go out to everyone.”
Cory HolmesA family friend, told KMBC that the whole ordeal was “hard to handle”.
Holmes said: “It was shocking and terrifying, I would never have seen anything like this happen to this family. “They’re a great family so they need all the support they can get.”
ONE GoFundMe set up for family by Jackie Phelps, who identified herself on the page as the sister of the victim’s mother. Phelps also referred to the infant victim as “Small. ”
“Please keep our family in your prayers. We really need it! My beautiful nephew got his wings We love you Junior! Junior is precious and such a good boy! ” she wrote on the site, which raised just over $6,000 as of Tuesday afternoon. “Our family has been going through tough times lately but we will get through it. Thank you all for your support and love. Any coin counts and will help a lot! ”
Ecker was scheduled to present murder and arson charges on Tuesday.
Investigators have emphasized that their investigation is ongoing and urge anyone with information to contact the Shawnee Police Department at 913-631-2150 or the TIPS Hotline at 816 -474-8477.
[Image via Shawnee County Jail]
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