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‘It's hard to process something like this’: Kansas father accused of murder after baby dies in house fire

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Source: Shawnee Police Department; Unsplash

Feb. 16 2022, Published 7:58 p.m. ET

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Police in Kansas took a father into custody and charged him with murder after his infant died in a house fire.

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On Feb. 13 around 1 a.m., firefighters put out the blaze at a home in Shawnee and found the baby's body.

The child’s father, 28-year-old Nicholas Adam Ecker, was arraigned on Feb. 15 for first-degree murder and aggravated arson with risk of bodily harm. He was being held on a $1 million bond.

“It's hard to process something like this,” family friend Cory Holmes told KMBC-TV about the baby’s death and Ecker’s arrest. “Just shock and awe, I'd never see anything like this happen to this family.”

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According to the station, before the fire, Ecker allegedly violated a protection order the child's mother had against him.

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On GoFundMe, the baby’s aunt shared photos of the alleged victim, who she said was a boy named Junior.

“Junior was so precious and such a good boy!” the aunt wrote, noting the child, who was reportedly born in 2020, was his mother’s “best friend and helped her go through hard times.”

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Source: Shawnee Police Department; Unsplash
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