Mother charged with fire that killed her two boys

PRATT, Kansas – A Pratt woman has been charged with a fire that killed her two sons back on December 23, 2013.

Destry Nicole Ibarra, 24, was charged Thursday with two counts of child endangerment after one part of the investigation into the fire led to prosecution.

Both of her sons, Jace and Jasper were only 23 months old and were unable to be saved by firefighters during the blaze.

Neighbors still say that watching the fire that day didn’t even seem real.

“It really didn’t hit me until I went into work and I saw two little boys sitting on the bench with their mom and that’s when it hit me the most,” said Chelsey Rose, who lived near the home.

Destry Ibarra's home in Pratt that went up in flames Dec. 23, 2013 and left her two twins sons dead.
Destry Ibarra’s home in Pratt that went up in flames Dec. 23, 2013 and left her two twins sons dead.

Firefighters were able to pull Ibarra out of the fire but the children weren’t able to be taken out of the house.

The State Fire Marshall has now determined the cause to be a kitchen fire.

“We believe this fire was unintentional so in that regard the fire was accidental,” said Kent Wyatt, Pratt Police Department.

While many neighbors and residents say they still have questions about the case, officials don’t know if more will come out of it.

“We don’t anticipate anything from our standpoint right now because we have no further leads to follow up or other things to investigate,” said Wyatt. “Now if more information were to come in certainly we would reopen it and we would begin the investigation from that point.”

The two charges of aggravated endangering of a child fall under the state statute that is defined as follows:

  • Either intentionally or recklessly causing or permitting a child to be in a dangerous situation
  • Permitting a child to be near the sell or manufacture of methamphetamine
  • Permitting a child to be near the sell or manufacture of drug paraphernalia or dangerous chemicals

The possible sentence for one count is 5 to 17 months.

Ibarra was released on $15,000 bond.

Her first court appearance is May 7th at 9 a.m.

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