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Court documents provide new details in death of two Kearney girls

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A Clay County search warrant says the mother of two children who died last week fell asleep in her car with the children the night before they died. 

Jenna Boedecker-Ribando has not been charged in connection to the death of her girls. 

She was in court earlier this week and stands accused of assaulting her husband the day before her daughters' deaths.

Boedecker-Ribando found her 2-year-old and newborn daughters unresponsive last week outside a home in a rural area east of Kearney.

Paramedics tried to revive them, but the children were pronounced dead at the scene.

Documents detail hours leading up to deaths of children 

Court records show someone made a hotline call concerning the family at 11 p.m. on July 3. 

On July 4, between 9:30-9:40 a.m., an on call investigator with the Missouri Department of Social Services Children’s Division drove to the family’s home. He told investigators he saw a vehicle running in the driveway.

He said if there was someone seated upright in the front seat of the car, he would have seen them, but he may not have seen children seated in the back or an adult in the front seat if they were slumped over.

He says he knocked loudly at the front door several times.

After no one answered, he left the home after about five minutes. 

About two-and-a-half hours later around 12:15 p.m., Boedecker-Ribando took 2-year-old Ireland Ribando and 7-week-old Goodknight Ribando to a neighbor’s house for help, documents state. 

The neighbors called 911 and tried to cool the children with wet rags and fans. Emergency crews say when they arrived they found the girls had died.

When asked about what happened, investigators say the mother said, “My husband left between 3-4 a.m. to get cigarettes and gas. He was in the field with some girl and never came back. I had the babies in the car because I didn’t want them to hear us argue. I dozed off for just a second. When I woke up I saw them and ran them to the neighbors.”

Court records do not reveal if investigators believe Boedecker-Ribando was intoxicated at the time. They did seize Sertraline and Alprazolam pills that can be used to treat depression, OCD, PTSD and anxiety and panic disorders. 

Boedecker-Ribando told officers she was locked out of the home but later said she found her key but did not enter the home. When the children’s division worker arrived,l the morning of July 4th, he said the front door of the home was open with the screen door shut. 

Now, investigators want to know more about the vehicle, which is a Jeep.

Specifically, they are interested in the GPS information which would reveal where the Jeep was at different times that night and the morning.

Cars don't have black boxes like airplanes do, but any information from the event data recorder is obviously important in this investigation.

It could take about another month before a final cause of death is determined.

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