Kearney mom of 2 girls who died faces judge for assault charges against husband

Jenna Bodecker-Ribando has been charged after an alleged assault of a man on Tuesday, the day before the children died. (Clay Co. Sheriff’s Office)

The mother of two young girls who died suddenly was in court Monday on an unrelated charge.

Jenna Boedecker-Ribando is accused of assaulting her husband the day before her daughters' deaths. She is charged with several felonies stemming from an argument with her husband. Just hours after that fight, the couple's children were found unresponsive outside a home near Missouri Highway 92 and Cameron Road in rural Kearney.

The cause of their deaths is still under investigation and no one has been charged in that case.

Towards the end of Boedecker-Ribando's hearing, she asked the judge to lower her bond so she could go back to their funerals. The judge asked the prosecutor who declined to offer a bond reduction.

The Clay County judge also outlined the domestic assault, armed criminal action and property damage charges.

Last Tuesday night, police say Boedecker-Ribando threw a brick through the window of an F-150 her husband was driving, court records state. She then drove a Jeep into the truck as he tried to leave their house.

None of the charges are connected to the deaths of Boedecker-Ribando's young children, 2-year-old Ireland Ribando and 7-week-old Goodknight Ribando.

A memorial account has been established for donations at any CommunityAmerica Credit Union. The account name is "FBO GOODKNIGHT AND IRELAND MEMORIAL."

Investigators say there were no obvious signs of foul play, but police are still investigating trying to figure out how they died.

As for the assault charges, the judge entered a not guilty plea on Boedecker-Ribando's behalf. She faces up to 11 years in jail.

Boedecker says she put in a request for a public defender. She’ll be back in court in two weeks.

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