Woman Arrested In Connection To Fatal Edgar County Fire

EDGAR COUNTY, Ill. – An arrest has been made in connection to the death of a father and baby in Edgar County.

Edgar County Coroner Scott Barrett says 35-year-old Michael Phipps and his two-month-old daughter were found dead after an early morning fire on March 1st at their home in Vermilion, Illinois.

An autopsy showed the cause of death for Michael was a combination of thermal exposure, carbon monoxide inhalation, and smoke inhalation.

Nettie’s cause of death was a combination of thermal exposure and carbon monoxide inhalation.

On Monday, police arrested 26-year-old Stefanie Sanders.

She is the mother of two-month-old Nettie and was in a relationship with Michael before his death.

The exact charges have not been made clear.



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