Central Illinois woman charged in deaths of boyfriend, baby

TUSCOLA, Ill. (AP) — A central Illinois woman has been charged with murder and other counts in connection with the March deaths of her infant daughter and her boyfriend in a fire.

Illinois State Police arrested 26-year-old Stefanie Sanders of Tuscola on Monday on two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of involuntary manslaughter and one count each of aggravated arson and residential arson.

She was arrested on a warrant issued by the Edgar County State’s Attorney’s Office. Edgar County Coroner Scott Barrett ruled Monday that the manner of death for both 35-year-old Michael Phipps and 2-month-old Nettie Phipps was homicide.