A Missouri mom who claimed she found her infant daughter and toddler daughter mysteriously deceased outside of her home is facing of slew of charges after she reportedly assaulted her husband last Thursday.
CBS Kansas City reports that Jenna Boedecker-Ribando is charged with numerous felonies after she allegedly threw a brick at her husband’s truck as he tried to drive away from their Kearney home, then purposely crashed her Jeep into his pickup truck after she reportedly thought he was cheating on her. The husband told authorities he drove away and stayed at his mother’s house following the fight.
Within hours of the altercation, Boedecker-Ribando called 911 and said her two daughters, 2-year-old Ireland Autumn Jane Ribando and 7-week-old Goodknight Berretta June Ribando, were both outside of the home and unresponsive. Authorities and EMT workers rushed to the scene and transported the children to a local hospital, where they both were pronounced dead.
Meanwhile, Boedecker-Ribando, wanting to go the children’s funerals, asked a Clay County judge to consider lowering her bond. The judge denied the bond reduction reduction request while outlining Boedecker-Ribando’s charges, which include property damage, armed criminal action, and domestic assault.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, investigators are working on determining how and why two young, healthy children mysteriously passed away. So far, according to Clay County sheriff’s Capt. Will Akin, drowning, use of firearms, and traffic-related causes have been ruled out.
The Jackson County Medical Examiner’s Office is currently performing autopsies on the children. As of Monday, the reports were not yet available.
“We are going to treat this investigation with the utmost priority to try to get those answers, not only for everyone who is watching right now but also for the family,” Akin said. “They need closure as well.”
Initially, authorities indicated they didn’t think foul play happened. Last Thursday night, however, criminal investigators were asked to join the case. Boedecker-Ribando is currently only charged in connection with the alleged assault on her husband.
“The only thing I’m comfortable saying is she’s charged with assault. And it’s too early for me to put labels on something when we’re trying to determine exactly what happened,” Clay County Deputy Jon Bazzano told KCTV News.
Members of the Kearney community set up a GoFundMe page to help the children’s father with funeral and burial expenses.
Boedecker-Ribando remains behind bars on a $75,000 bond.
The story is still developing. Check back with CrimeOnline as additional details become available.
[Feature Photo: Ireland and Goodknight/GoFundMe]