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BeanE
03-08-2010, 01:53 PM
Dad jailed after sons killed in fire

Authorities have jailed a father after a house fire killed his two young sons in southern Ohio.

Wesley Coonrod, 42, was arrested Sunday on two counts of child endangerment. Bond was set Monday at $1 million, and a public defender will be assigned.

The fire was reported about 12:30 a.m. Sunday in Greenfield, about 50 miles southwest of Columbus. Police said the boys were ages 3 and 4.

http://www.journalgazette.net/article/20100308/NEWS11/100309545

BeanE
03-08-2010, 01:55 PM
Father Arrested After Fatal Fire
Two young boys died in a house fire early Sunday, and their father is facing serious charges.
Published: March 8, 2010
Updated: March 8, 2010

Four-year-old Thomas Coonrod and 3-year-old Stephen Coonrod were killed in the house fire, according to authorities.

Firefighters pulled the children from the house fire, and police rushed the children to a local hospital where they were pronounced dead.

Sunday was Thomas’ fourth birthday.

Preliminary reports indicated both children died of smoke inhalation, according to the Greenfield police chief.

http://www2.nbc4i.com/cmh/news/crime/article/two_young_children_killed_in_fire1/33055/

kbl8201
03-08-2010, 02:03 PM
ummmmmmmm the boys are dead. i'd call that a bit more then 'chlid endangerment'.

Melly53
03-08-2010, 02:05 PM
Father Arrested After Fatal Fire
Two young boys died in a house fire early Sunday, and their father is facing serious charges.
Published: March 8, 2010
Updated: March 8, 2010

Four-year-old Thomas Coonrod and 3-year-old Stephen Coonrod were killed in the house fire, according to authorities.

Firefighters pulled the children from the house fire, and police rushed the children to a local hospital where they were pronounced dead.

Sunday was Thomas’ fourth birthday.

Preliminary reports indicated both children died of smoke inhalation, according to the Greenfield police chief.

http://www2.nbc4i.com/cmh/news/crime/article/two_young_children_killed_in_fire1/33055/

snipped from the link

"Wesley, 43, apparently moved into the home two days ago after a separate fire damaged his home in February."

Two fires that close together seem more than a bit unusual. Does anyone know the cause of the first fire?

Texas Mist
03-08-2010, 05:53 PM
ummmmmmmm the boys are dead. i'd call that a bit more then 'chlid endangerment'.

maybe they'll upgrade the charges....IA there's something not right here - a previous fire last month, he moves into an 'all electric safe place', claims the "the fire detectors weren't hooked up right", on top of his previous record (domestic violence, aggravated menacing, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and numerous criminal damaging and OVI and DUI arrests -- mentioned in the link in 2nd post).

Sounds like the poor kids never had a chance. :(

http://www.wcpo.com/news/local/story/1M-Bond-For-Father-Whose-Children-Died-In-Fire/9Ki8eGNflE2DYThPhL_trQ.cspx

:rose: RIP, little guys :rose:

Salem
03-08-2010, 05:58 PM
maybe they'll upgrade the charges....IA there's something not right here - a previous fire last month, he moves into an 'all electric safe place', claims the "the fire detectors weren't hooked up right", on top of his previous record (domestic violence, aggravated menacing, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct and numerous criminal damaging and OVI and DUI arrests -- mentioned in the link in 2nd post).

Sounds like the poor kids never had a chance. :(

http://www.wcpo.com/news/local/story/1M-Bond-For-Father-Whose-Children-Died-In-Fire/9Ki8eGNflE2DYThPhL_trQ.cspx

:rose: RIP, little guys :rose:

Why did he have custody of these boys? I wonder if mom just up and left, leaving the boys with him? Or if mom had her own issues? Where were the grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins? These children should not have been living with this man to begin with. :furious:

RIP little guys,

Salem

SunnieRN
03-08-2010, 10:01 PM
Heartbreaking! Poor little guys! Prayers for the family of these two baby boys!

Texas Mist
11-17-2010, 02:36 AM
I was thinking of the Coonrod children today - wondering what became of the charges against the dad.

He was tried on multiple charges, including murder...the jury deadlocked on the murder charges, but did find him guilty of child endangering.

Looks like the state is going to retry him on the murder charges.


http://www.timesgazette.com/main.asp?SectionID=18&subsectionID=175&articleID=175770

BrownRice
11-17-2010, 06:50 AM
This is a tough case. Looks like he has lots of supporters who say he loved his boys very much and would have no motive to do this - along with not a lot of evidence.

Regardless, how sad for such little kids to die that way.