“Detective Corporal Edward Gonzalez secured charges today against Kristen Alyse Gober, 33 of Gary. The charges stem from the apartment complex fire in the 5800 block of Forest Court on March 25, 2018” Statement from Gary Police Department
March 27, 2018-Gary Police have filed charges against a Gary woman as a result of the fire in the 5800 block of Forest Court on March 25. Khristopher Gober, 4, and Kailani Gober, 2 died as a result of injuries sustained in the fire. Police now say that their mother, 33 year old Kristen Alyse Gober had left 3 small children home alone on the day of the fire. “Detective Corporal Edward Gonzalez secured charges today against Kristen Alyse Gober, 33 of Gary. The charges stem from the apartment complex fire in the 5800 block of Forest Court on March 25, 2018” according to the statement from the Gary Police Department. Police say the fatal fire started in the kitchen area of the apartment. A 6 year old child escaped the fire but 2 year old Kailani and 4 year old Khristopher were not able to get out and were pronounced dead at Methodist Hospital Northlake.
Police say Kristen Alyse Gober was originally taken into custody for outstanding warrants. According to court records, Gober had a warrant for failure to appear in a misdemeanor case in Lake Station. Gober had no prior felony charges in the Lake County docket.
Kristen Alyse Gober is charged with two counts of Neglect of a Dependent Causing Death, one count of Neglect of a Dependent and Possession of Marijuana. Gober remains in custody at this time.
Over 130 residents were displaced by the fire. An 8 year old by jumped from a 4th story window and was caught in a blanket by neighbors.
Anyone with additional information on this incident is urged to contact the Lake County/Gary metro Homicide Unit at 219-755-3855 or the Crime Tip Line at 866-CRIME-GP.
All criminal defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law. A criminal charge is not evidence of guilt.