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Parents indicted after two children die in Quincy house fire

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Quincy (WGEM) — An Adams County Grand Jury has indicted the parents in connection to a Quincy house fire that took the life of two children last October.

Adams County State’s Attorney Gary Farha stated that Marilyn Kramer and William Brewer were indicted by an Adams County Grand Jury for two counts of involuntary manslaughter and two counts of endangering the life of a child in connection with an October 12, 2018 fire that resulted in the death of two children, Toby Brewer, 8, and Emma Kramer, 5.

Farha praised the work of the Quincy Police Department, Investigator Kevin Taute, and Lead Trial Attorney Josh Jones.

“The death of these two young children is tragic, incomprehensible, and completely avoidable. The Quincy Police Department and my office have worked tirelessly to make sure that these children are not forgotten and that those responsible for their deaths are held accountable. This indictment, while important, is only the first step on this path.”

Court documents state that Marilyn Kramer acted in a reckless manner and performed an act likely to cause death

Marilyn Kramer

or great bodily harm. Kramer used damaged and hand spliced extension cords to provide electricity from a neighbor’s residence to the home. Documents state that the extension cords were placed under a mattress which resulted in the fire.

Farha told WGEM News that he believes there were “contributing factors to (the parents) ambivalence” and “things that preoccupied their watching of the children.”

Farha said that William Brewer was arrested by the US Marshals Service in Mississippi and is being extradited to Adams County. Farha said he believed Brewer left town knowing that there would be charges.

William Brewer

Farha said that the indictment of Brewer is being suppressed until he is in custody of Adams County law enforcement.

Involuntary Manslaughter and Endangering the Life of a Child are both Class 3 Felonies. If convicted, both defendants face a prison sentence of between 2 and 5 years for each of the charges, according to Farha.

Bond has been set for both defendants at $25,000.

Marilyn Kramer is lodged in the Adams’ County Jail.

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Zachary Voss

Zachary Voss is the Assignment Editor at WGEM.

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