Karlie Mae Phelps Charged In Fatal Fire

Karlie Mae Phelps

 Karlie Mae Phelps has been charged with involuntary manslaughter in a case regarding a fatal fire that left an infant dead. According to police reports firefighters arrived at the home to find it fully engulfed in flames. Unfortunately a young boy inside of the home could not be saved. The child’s father, Nicholas Ecker, was arrested soon after the fire and charged with first degree murder.  Karlie Mae Phelps was arrested a couple of weeks later and charged with involuntary manslaughter along with a couple of drug charges. Nicholas Ecker is to appear in court at the end of March 2022.

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Shawnee Police have arrested a woman listed as a resident of a home where a fire killed an infant earlier this month.

Johnson County Sheriff’s Office booking logs show Shawnee officers arrested Karlie Mae Phelps, 28, at about 4:30 p.m. Friday. Phelps was booked into the adult detention center on two felonies and a misdemeanor.

Johnson County court records show Phelps is charged with felony involuntary manslaughter involving a child under 6 and first felony possession of a controlled substance.

She’s also charged with a misdemeanor of endangering a child under the age of 18.

Neither police nor prosecutors have officially confirmed Phelps’s relationship to the infant that was killed.

Court records show the charges for involuntary manslaughter and endangering a child took place the same night as the deadly fire. The address listed in the booking log also matches the address of the house fire.

Phelps is scheduled to make her first court appearance before a Johnson County judge Monday afternoon.

Firefighters and police responded to the house at 10502 West 69th Terrace shortly before 1 a.m. on Sunday, February 13.

Police arrested a man at the scene, Nicholas Adam Ecker, who has been charged with first-degree murder and aggravated arson.

He remains in custody, and his next court appearance is set for March 31.

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