On July 4, Kansas mom Jenna M. Boedecker found her two little girls not breathing outside her Clay County home.
According to Fox 59, the mother picked up the children and immediately rushed over to a neighbor’s house to call 911. They were pronounced dead at the scene.
Initially, police didn’t suspect foul play. But an investigation is underway due to “mysterious circumstances.”
Police said there were no visible causes of death for 2-year-old Ireland Autumn Jane Ribando or 7-week-old Goodknight Berretta June Ribando.
Capt. Will Akin of the Clay County Sheriff’s Office told The Kansas City Star on Wednesday that authorities had ruled out drowning, a shooting, and road-related causes of death.
The children’s grandmother, Shannon O’Brien, is devastated after their passing. She said:
“I cannot believe it. We are all in shock and disbelief that these two beautiful little girls are gone.”
But now, the children’s mother is behind bars for domestic violence for a separate incident hours earlier.Clay County Sheriff’s Office
Just 12 hours before finding her children dead, Boedecker allegedly attacked her husband, Joe Ribando, during an argument— reportedly about Ribando cheating on her.
The mother allegedly threw a brick at him and then rammed her Jeep into his vehicle. She has since been arrested and charged with third-degree domestic assault, armed criminal action, and first-degree property damage.
Joe went to his mother’s house after the incident, where he was later notified of his children’s passing.
Clay County Deputy Jon Bazzano did not confirm whether Boedecker is considered a suspect in the little girls’ deaths. He told The Kansas City Star:
“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.”
The investigation is still ongoing. A GoFundMe has been started to raise money for the girls’ funeral expenses.