EDGAR COUNTY, Ill. (WTHI) - After an early March fire in Edgar County, the cause of death for a dad and baby was ruled as homicides.
Coroner Scott Barrett says 35-year-old Michael Phipps and his two-month-old daughter were found dead after an early morning fire on March 1 at their home in Vermilion, Illinois.
An autopsy showed the cause of death for Michael was a combination of thermal exposure, carbon monoxide inhalation, and smoke inhalation.
Nettie's cause of death was a combination of thermal exposure and carbon monoxide inhalation.
On Monday, police arrested 26-year-old Stefanie Sanders of Tuscola, Illinois.
Sanders was charged with first-degree murder, two counts of involuntary manslaughter, aggravated arson, and residential arson.
If you have any additional information, contact Illinois State Police at (217) 278-5004 or by email at ISP.DCI.Zone05@Illinois.gov.