Father of 2 children killed in Orrick fire arrested on charges - KCTV5 News


Prosecutor: Father of 2 kids killed in Orrick fire had massive inconsistencies

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The father of two young children who were killed in a trailer home fire in December has been arrested on charges.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said Randy M. Garrison, 31, of Orrick, MO, was arrested on two charges of first-degree child abandonment, a Class B felony.

On Dec. 10, the Ray County Sheriff's Office received a call about a fire. Two children, 3-year-old Roger Garrison and 1-year-old Ashton Garrison, were found dead inside.

Three months later, all that remains of where the two little boys lived is a pile of rubble.

Now an 11-page probable cause statement points out the father's multiple inconsistencies. And on the night before Ashton would have turned two, prosecutors say his father did not try to save him and his brother.

"They were my rock. The reason I got out of bed every day was for my boys," Garrison said when talking to KCTV5 on the horrible day of the fire.

He described waking up to the screams of his children and went into detail about his desperate attempts to save them, getting burned in the process.

"The door was stuck," he said at the time. "I ran outside the back door, run around to the front, and started ripping the sheeting off the side of the house and trying to punch through that way and reach them, and I couldn't."

But in the 11-page document, investigators detail Garrison's account of the night and found massive inconsistencies, including accounts of a witness who saw him standing on the driveway as the trailer burned. The witness also said when they asked if the boys were inside Garrison called them an expletive and told them to leave.

A paramedic said she couldn't help but notice Garrison's T-shirt was white, not stained as one would expect if he'd been inside the burning trailer.

First responder and investigators say there was no evidence Garrison had punched through the wall in an attempt to save his little boys. In fact, investigators say when his inconsistencies were pointed out Garrison repeatedly said he was confused.

Following the fire, family members of both parents traded blame.

Garrison questioned the behavior and mental state of the children's mother.

The maternal grandmother, though, stood up for her daughter and said everyone is extremely distraught.

Nothing in the court documents or the charge itself explains how the fire started. When KCTV5 called the prosecutor for clarification, we were told she'd be in court all day.

Garrison is being held at the Ray County Jail on a $100,000 bond.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol assisted the Ray County Sheriff's Office in their investigation of the fire.

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