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Mother charged in death of two children appears in court

Quincy (WGEM) — Marilyn Kramer, the mother charged in connection to an October 2018 house fire that took the life of two children made her first court appearance.

The judge read the charges to Kramer and appointed her a public attorney.

She was charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child in connection to a house fire that took the life of Toby Brewer, 8, and Emma Kramer, 5, on October 12, 2018.

“Anytime a child dies needlessly, it’s a huge issue,” Adams County State’s Attorney Gary Farha said. “That’s really what we have in these instances. Those children should have never of had to die. This is a big deal.”

Farha said the father, William Brewer, is on his way back from Mississippi after being arrested by the US Marshals Service.

“Typically the county uses a private transport service that is economical for them,” Farha said. “Typically, they wind through the states picking up prisoners and dropping them off. I would suspect within two or three days he will be here.”

The indictment states that Kramer and Brewer “used damaged and hand spliced extension cords to provide electricity from a neighbor’s residence and placed the cords under a mattress thereby causing a fire.”

The neighbor who they were allegedly stealing electricity from, Tracy Marlow, said she didn’t know they were running the extension cord from her basement.

Marlow said that on the night of the fire, investigators told her that the door leading to her basement was open. She said they found an extension cord connected to a lightbulb base. Investigators described them as hand-spliced extension cords that led from Marlow’s basement over to the home of Kramer and Brewer.

Farha said the reason this case took so long to move forward is because of expert testimony.

“An electrical engineer was working on a report and when the National Guard was called to the border in December, he had to respond. That’s what took the delay to get the report back. He was serving his country.”

The next court appearance is next Wednesday, February 13, at 9 a.m. in the Adams County Courthouse.

“It will not go to a preliminary hearing,” Farha said. “There will not be an opportunity for the public to hear the information until the trial or a possible plea.”

Farha said both Kramer and Brewer will be together with their attorneys at the next court date.

He said this an estimated timeline on a case like this could be three or four months.

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Don Dwyer

Don Dwyer is a Morning Anchor/Reporter at WGEM.

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