Charged with neglect of her children’s death; a mother seeks to join Mental Health Court

Last updated on September 5th, 2018

On August 7, 2018, Kristen A. Gober, a woman from Indiana, U.S., has been charged with neglect. She sent an undated letter to a court official, after her two young children died in an apartment complex fire in the Gary’s Miller neighbourhood. In the letter, the woman had expressed her desire to enroll in the Lake County Mental Health Court.

On two counts of neglect of a dependent resulting in death, the 33-years-old woman is currently held at Lake County Jail. She had sent letter to Michael Pirtle, a mental health specialist for the treatment court. In the letter she wrote that her therapists had told her that she might be a good candidate for his program.

Gober informed Pirtle about her conversation with defense attorney T. Edward Page regarding the program. As per her statements, she is currently taking four medications for major depression, bipolar disorder and generalizes anxiety disorder. Sher has been battling these illnesses for years, in 2016 and 2017, she had received treatment for her mental illnesses.

Referring to her 6-year-old son, she wrote, “My surviving child is a ward of the state. I lost my two youngest children in an apartment fire, a very tragic accident.”

On Monday, the letter was filed with the court, and next day T. Edward Page stated that he was aware that the letter was filed.

On March 25, Gober had left her three children unsupervised in her apartment at Lakeshore Dunes Apartment Complex, 5820 Forest Court in Gary, Indiana.

While playing with the apartment’s stove, the children allegedly started a fire. In no time, it had spread throughout the complex. This killed two youngest children of Gober — Kailani Gober, 2, and Khristopher Gober, 4 — while her 6-year-old son was saved and escaped from the building by other residents.

It was in 2917, when mental health court was created, with an aim to provide court-monitored treatment for suspects who are imprisoned because of a behaviour, which is a result of their mental illness. The supervisor of the court is Judge Salvador Vasquez.

In July, Gober had requested to be freed from the jail on court-ordered GPR monitoring. She wanted to attend in-patient mental health and substance abuse treatment at Edgewarter Behavior Health in Gary. However, the request was denied by Boswell.

As per the law, neglect of a dependent resulting in death is a Level 1 felony. Besides, Gober is charges with a Level 6 felony, neglect of a dependent, and possession of marijuana.

As per the reports, her next court hearing will be on August 27, 2018.

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