Two Indicted in Fire That Killed Children

Two western Illinois residents have been indicted in the death of two children. The Herald-Whig in Quincy reports 8-year-old Toby Brewer and his sister, 5-year-old Emma Kramer, died in an Oct. 12 fire.

Marilyn Kramer and William Brewer, the children’s parents were both indicted in January. Authorities say the couple used “damaged and hand-spliced extension cords to steal electricity from a neighbor’s residence. The pair placed the cords under a (mattress) causing the fire” and the death of the children.

Kramer is being held in the Adams County Jail. Brewer was arrested by the U.S. Marshals Service in Mississippi. Bond has been set at $25,000.