Father charged with murder after infant found dead in fire

Posted at 11:56 AM, February 15, 2022 and last updated 5:17 PM, July 5, 2023

SHAWNEE, Kan. (AP) — The father of an infant killed in a house fire in suburban Kansas City, Kansas, has been charged with first-degree murder and other crimes in the case.

Nicholas Adam Ecker (Johnson County Court)

The fire was reported around 1 a.m. Sunday in Shawnee, and firefighters battling the flames found the body of the infant inside home. The baby’s name has not been released.

Police later arrested 28-year-old Nicholas Adam Ecker, television station Fox4 reported. Ecker was charged Monday in Johnson County Court with first-degree murder and aggravated arson. Ecker is also charged with felony stalking, domestic aggravated assault and illegal possession of a firearm.

He is being held on $1 million bond.