Nicholas Ecker is from Kansas that would start a fire that would kill an infant inside of the home. According to court documents Nicholas Ecker was mad at his former partner and would start her home on fire which would kill an infant inside. Some news reports are saying that Nicholas Ecker is actually the father of the dead baby however this has not been confirmed. Nicholas Ecker has been in and out of jail including charges of domestic assault against the former partner which were later drop. Now the Ecker is facing arson and murder charges.
- News reports are confirming Nicholas Ecker was the father of the infant who died in the fire
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A man has been charged in connection with the death of a baby and house fire in Shawnee that happened over the weekend.
According to court documents, Nicholas A. Ecker was charged Monday with first-degree murder and aggravated arson.
The court documents state that the charges are in connection with the Shawnee fatal house fire from early Sunday morning on West 69th Terrace, which led to the death of a child born in 2020.
The boy’s mother posted pictures and videos of the child Monday on social media, saying the family would be setting up a GoFundMe account at some point. On her Facebook, she identifies the man charged as the baby’s father.
Shawnee police have taken one person into custody in the Sunday morning house fire that killed a baby.
The Shawnee Police Department and Shawnee Fire Department are conducting a joint investigation into the fire. Crews responded around 1 a.m. early Sunday morning to the home on West 69th Terrace, just off of Larsen Lane.
The house was fully engulfed in flames, and crews ended up pulling a dead infant from the home. There were no other injuries reported in the fire.
Authorities did not elaborate Monday morning on their update other than to say one person was taken into custody.
Stay with KCTV5 News for more on this developing story.
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A man is facing murder charges in a Shawnee house fire early Sunday that killed a baby boy.
Court records say Nicholas Ecker, of Prairie Village, has been charged with arson and first-degree murder. He is scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday.
“It’s hard to process something like this,” said Cory Holmes, a family friend.
There is a growing memorial near the home, which went up in flames just before 1 a.m. Sunday.
“Just shock and awe, I’d never see anything like this happen to this family,” Holmes said.
We’re learning new information about the suspect in connection with the fire. The Johnson County District Court website lists him as Nicholas Adam Ecker.
He appeared in Johnson County Court Monday afternoon on suspicion of violating a protection order against the child’s mother.
He’s now facing charges of first-degree murder and aggravated arson with risk bodily harm. Ecker’s bond was set at $1 million cash.
“They’re a great family so they need all the support they can get,” Holmes said.
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The father of an infant killed in a house fire in suburban Kansas City, Kansas, has been charged with first-degree murder and other counts in the case.
The fire was reported around 1 a.m. Sunday in Shawnee, and firefighters battling the flames found the body of the infant inside home. Television station WDAF reports that police later arrested 28-year-old Nicholas Adam Ecker.
Ecker was charged Monday in Johnson County Court Monday with first-degree murder and aggravated arson. Ecker is also charged with felony stalking, domestic aggravated assault and illegal possession of a firearm. He is being held on $1 million bond.
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Accused child murderer Nicholas Ecker appeared in Johnson County District Court for a preliminary hearing Thursday via video conference from county jail.
All four outstanding cases against Ecker, who was arrested Sunday and charged with first-degree murder and aggravated arson for allegedly setting fire to a Shawnee home that left a small child dead, were combined.
The deadly fire happened shortly before 1 a.m. on Sunday in the 10500 block of West 69th Terrace in Shawnee.
He is scheduled to appear again for a scheduling hearing for all four pending cases at 10:30 a.m. on March 31
Ecker, 28, has an extensive criminal history in Johnson and Wyandotte counties.
Among the current pending cases, Ecker was arrested in November 2019 for domestic violence for allegedly strangling a woman and felon in possession of a firearm
The domestic violence charge was dropped as part of a plea agreement, but he was placed on probation, which ran through Feb. 6, 2022, for the weapons charge.
He was arrested and charged Jan. 4, 2022, with aggravated domestic battery for allegedly choking a different woman. KSHB 41 News does not name victims in domestic violence cases.
The court issued a no-contact order at that time and he was freed after posting bond.
Ecker, who had the case continued at a hearing Jan. 13, allegedly violated the protection order put in place in the domestic violence case on Feb. 4.
Court records show the charges in that case weren’t filed until Monday against Ecker.
The violation of a protection order charge was amended Monday to stalking after being served, which bumps it from a Class A misdemeanor to a Level 9 felony
According to the amended complaint, Ecker is accused of “recklessly engaging in at least one act constituting a course of conduct, that violates the provisions of the order and would cause a reasonable person to fear for their safety, or the safety of a member of their immediate family, and the targeted person was actually placed in such fear.”
After he was arrested on the new domestic violence charge, Johnson County moved Jan. 26 to revoke his probation in the 2019 case, but he not been re-arrested and returned to jail yet.
That case along with the murder and arson charge, the second domestic violence charge and the amended charge for violating an order of protection remain pending in Johnson County court, but Ecker’s criminal history — including a years-long stint in state prison — goes back more than a decade.
When Ecker was 15 years old, he was charged in April 2009 for falsely reporting a crime.
Six months later, Ecker was charged Oct. 7, 2009, with battery and Oct. 21, 2009, with possession of an illegal butterfly knife and drug paraphernalia.
Two days later, Ecker was charged with damaging the plumbing and a door as well as disorderly conduct at a juvenile detention facility in Prairie Village.
All four cases were combined and he received one year of probation for the incidents, but the problems continued.
Ecker was charged with disorderly conduct again on Nov. 18, 2009, and added two new charges — making a criminal threat and battery — on Jan. 21, 2010. The criminal threat charge was amended to assault in June 2010.
Three months later, Ecker was arrested and charged with possession of a firearm with identification marks changed or altered, unlawful possession of a firearm, and theft of wheels.
Ecker was charged for the first time as an adult in September 2011 after being arrested for marijuana possession then a few weeks later with stealing a Dodge Dakota truck and Kawasaki motorcycle.
Both arrests came within days or weeks of his 18th birthday and Johnson County Judge Brenda Cameron noted that “reasonable efforts” to help Ecker as a minor “have been made and failed.”
“Juvenile (Ecker) has over 10 prior cases, has had virtually every juvenile service — including probation, house arrest, juvenile correctional facility and aftercare,” but he remained a persistent offender.
Johnson County moved to revoke his probation in the stolen vehicles case after his release from prison and Ecker’s probation was revoked on Sept. 12, 2016.
He went back to prison until June 9, 2018.
A little more than a year later, Ecker was charged with aggravated domestic battery in November 2019 for allegedly strangling a woman, but not the same woman from the complaint last month.
He also was charged with illegal possession of a firearm by a felon.
The domestic battery charge was dropped in May 2020 as part of a plea agreement, but Ecker pleaded guilty to the weapons charge and was placed on probation for 18 months at an August 2020 sentencing.
Ecker’s probation in that case ended earlier this month, but it was pending revocation prior to the deadly Shawnee fire that killed a 1-year-old child family has identified as “Junior.”