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Gary woman jailed after fatal fire seeks mental health treatment

August 8, 2018

A Gary woman jailed on neglect charges after her two young children died in a March apartment building fire is seeking additional mental health treatment.

The Times of Northwest Indiana reported 33-year-old Kristen Gober of Gary sent a letter expressing a desire to participate in the Lake County Mental Health Court. She’s charged with two counts of child neglect causing death. She said she’s already taking four medications for mental health issues.

The mental health court was created in 2017 to provide court-monitored treatment for defendants incarcerated because of behavior resulting from mental illness.

Khristopher Gober and his 2-year-old sister, Kailani Gober, died in the fire. Authorities say Kristen Gober left them unattended with a 6-year-old brother and the children started the fire while playing with a stove.

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