Kansas mom charged in fire that killed 2 sons

By: Jason Tarr, Ben Bradley Email
By: Jason Tarr, Ben Bradley Email
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PRATT, Kan. -- A Kansas woman has been charged in connection to a fire that killed her two sons late last year.

The fire happened on December 23 at a Pratt home in the 600 block of High Street. When crews arrived, they said the house was already consumed by fire.

Destry Ibarra, was able to escape and was treated at a Wichita hospital. But her twins, 23-month-olds Jayce and Jasper, were unable to get out and died at the scene.

The fire was later ruled accidental by the Kansas state fire marshal's office, caused by a grease fire as the result of careless cooking.

On Thursday, Ibarra was charged with two felony counts of aggravated endangering of a child. She posted bond, which was set at $15,000, and was released.

"It's 109 days today that I've been waiting to see," said Sara Lopez, one of the children's aunts. "Yea, she's family but someone has to follow up on this because two lives are lost. My two nephews are gone."

Lopez says every day she wakes up to a picture of the boys that sits atop her dresser. She says for the past 109 days she's promised them each morning that she would seek justice for them.

"I was expecting (the charges), I knew it was going to happen," Lopez said. "I had been following my own suspicions."

She says the key word has been patience.

Police say they appreciate her patience and the patience of the community. They say it has taken months to gather documents, reports, and evidence.

"There's always pressure in these cases to do things in a hurry because people want some answers but it's more important to be fair to everybody and do things slowly and correctly," said Sgt. Kent Wyatt of the Pratt Police Department.

Sara thanks police for their efforts. She says given those efforts and the support of the Pratt County community, she's confident that the next time she wakes up to the boys' picture she'll be able to say, "We're getting somewhere."

"The twins will get justice and I have all the faith in the world there will be justice for them," Lopez said.

Destry Ibarra's first court appearance is scheduled for May 7. The county attorney's office said the investigation is ongoing.

House fire in Pratt on December 23, 2013


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