Meth manufacturing linked to fire that killed 7-year-old boy, resulted in charges against mother

INDIANAPOLIS – Investigators say an Indianapolis mother caused the deadly fire that killed her 7-year-old son during an attempt to make meth.

Investigators said Jessica Rogers was responsible for the Dec. 8 fire. Charges against her include murder, arson, neglect of a dependent and cocaine possession.

Rogers’ son, Dreydon Webb, died in the fire, which broke out in the early morning hours at an apartment building near Elder and West Washington Street. The boy didn’t live there but was visiting his mother.

Several people jumped out of windows to escape, including Rogers. She told police she was trying to grab Dreydon while trying to leave the building, but couldn’t hold onto him while navigating through the intense heat and smoke. A total of 15 people escaped, including Rogers’ boyfriend.

The building did not have any smoke detectors.

About a week after the fire, neighbors saw investigators combing through the charred remnants of the building, checking trash cans and taking pictures for evidence.

According to the probable cause affidavit, investigators found “suspicious burn patterns indicating a liquid accelerant” in the building. Investigators said Rogers attempted to manufacture meth using the “shake and bake” method—an attempt that resulted in the fire that tore through the building and killed her son.

According to court documents, one witness said Rogers told her, “I messed up and it blew up in my face” shortly after the fire. An Indianapolis Fire Department firefighter recalled Rogers asking, “Am I going to jail for this?” while on the scene.

Rogers suffered first- and second-degree burns to her hands and first- and second-degree “splash burns” to her chin and neck. Investigators didn’t observe any burns on her eyelashes, eyebrows, or hair. According to the probable cause, the injuries were “indicative of a rapid high heat thermal event” that occurs “in front of a person possibly holding an object with splashing from some type of liquid or from direct contact.”

When police asked Rogers why she left her son alone inside, she stated “the fire was too hot” and “I couldn’t stand the heat, it felt like acid was burning me.” She then said she tried to get her son to safety, stating that “she had a hold of him twice.” When asked how the boy got away, Rogers said he got loose because he was wearing a hooded sweatshirt. Police informed her that the boy was only wearing blue jeans when investigators found him.

Rogers admitted to taking multiple types of drugs on several occasions, including “Hydrocodone, Vicodin, Lortab, methamphetamine, Xanax, marijuana and alcohol.” The night before the fire, she said she’d had four Xanax, marijuana and a half-pint of alcohol.

The interviewing officer noted that Rogers “showed very little if any remorse or emotion” regarding her son’s death.

Police also interviewed Rogers’ boyfriend, who said Rogers was a frequent drug user. He told investigators he heard Dreydon cry out, “Help me, Mommy” four or five times during the fire and thought Rogers had helped her son. He jumped out of a bedroom window.

Rogers jumped out shortly after that. Her boyfriend noted that she was by herself and asked her, “Where is Drey (Dreybon)? How could you leave him in there?” During a subsequent interview, the boyfriend also said he heard the boy yelling for help inside the apartment.

A search of Rogers’ apartment revealed “five used needle syringes, three new needle syringes, one narcotics pipe, one syringe plunger, one plastic funnel and one rubber IV tourniquet band.”  One of the needles later tested positive for cocaine, according to the probable cause affidavit.

A toxicology screening of Rogers showed that she tested positive for several drugs, including amphetamines, methamphetamines, benzodiazepines, marijuana, cocaine and opiates, court documents said. Records also showed that neither medical crews nor hospital staff had administered any narcotics prior to Rogers’ being admitted to the hospital after the fire.

Several neighbors described a chemical or “Tiki-Torch” smell during the fire. Investigators ruled out any known accidental or natural causes, and said the characteristics of the fire—and Rogers’ injuries—seemed to be consistent with a fire caused by the manufacture of methamphetamine, namely the “shake and bake” method.

28 comments

  • how sad

    Just sad that a mom could hurt or kill her child, never could understand it, The sad thing is that I said from day one that she had something to do with him dieing,

    • Dillion

      I agree…How could anyone not know she did that intentionally (left him behind to die) The boyfriend did a noble thing-Both for trying to save them (she just didn't do her part) and for cooperating with police. He's extremely tore up-Sad situation all around. I just pray that justice will prevail.

      • DEVINE BEAUCHAMP

        HE DID NOT TRY TO SAVE EITHER ONE OF THEM HE WAS THE FIRST ONE OUT THE WINDOW EVEN THOUGH HE HEARD DRE YELLING FOR HELPTHEY BOTH WAS JUST MORE WORRIED ABOUT THEMSELVES GETTING OUT TO CATCH THEY'RE NEXT HIGH THATS ALL

      • Mel

        He jumped out and she was supposed to throw the little boy out to him so he could catch him! Pay attention before you look ignorant! He did NOT test positive for any drugs at all!

    • LATASHA

      I DID TO HOW CAN SHE JUMP OUT THE WINDOW WITHOUT HER BABY SHE WAS SUPPOSE TO HAVE DIED WITH HIM.I HOPE SHE BURN N HELL

  • chrisinda

    burn bitch! i would have died before i would have came out that building….guess thats why that poor kid didnt live with that carzy ass

  • Guest

    What is the world coming to with these mothers who don't give a damn about their children. You just leave your child in a burning building like it's no big deal?? She deserves whatever is coming to her and I hope it's the "DEATH PENALTY"!!!! What a shame! Shame on her, and shame on whoever decided to let the little boy visit her knowing she had all these issues with drugs, they need to be charged also!!!!!!

    • Demi

      that was my little brother and my dad let him go spend the night with her because he begged for her and loved her and wanted to see her . . . my dad was only doing what dreydon wanted and had no idea what was going on !!!!!!!!!!! you know nothing about my family SHE is the one who was his MOTHER and he was in HER care !

  • David

    what a tard According to court documents, one witness said Rogers told her, “I messed up and it blew up in my face” shortly after the fire. An Indianapolis Fire Department firefighter recalled Rogers asking, “Am I going to jail for this?” while on the scene
    i guess she was more worried about doing jail time then her kids life

    • LATASHA

      I HOPE THAT COMMENT SEND HER TO HELLR JAIL FO THE REST OF HER LIFE.SHE NEEDS HER ASS BURNED UP.HOPE U GET ALL THATS COMIN TO U,U ARE A POOR EXCUSE FO A MOTHER AN A HUMAN BEIN .A DOG WOULD HAVE DIED TO SAVE HER PUPPIES U DIRTY BITCH

  • how sad

    the news interviewed her boyfriend a couple of days later, and he said that he jumped out first then he told the mom to jump then the little boy, that is a lil weird dont u think, If that would had been my kid that kid went had went out the window then me!! then the boyfriend broke up with the mom right after this happened and neither one of them showed up at the funeral, how messed up is that?? Yes it was sad that someone let that baby go over there and now he is died! I just hope she get the justice that she deserves, hopefully life in prison

  • DEVINE BEAUCHAMP

    HOW DARE YOU JESSICA!!!!!!!!!!! THAT WAS YOUR BABY BOY YOU SHOULD HAVE THROWN HIM OUT THE WINDOW BEFORE YOU EVEN THOUGHT ABOUT YOURSELF…IT WAS TOO HOT ARE YOU KIDDING ME??? AND TO THINK I USED TO BE YOUR BEST FRIEND A FEW YEARS AGO…YOU KNEW WHAT CHANCES YOU WERE TAKING WHEN YOU DID THAT WHY WOULD YOU BRING HIM IN THAT TYPE OF ENVIRONMENT….I HOPE HIS VOICE "MOMMY, MOMMY PLEASE HELP ME" STICKS IN YOUR HEAD EVERY SECOND OF EVERY DAY FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE….OH AND GOOD LUCK IN PRISON THEY ARE GONNA GET YOU IN THERE N IT AINT NOBODY TO HELP CAUSE YOU AINT SHIT…YOU DIDNT EVEN HAVE THE AUDASITY TO SHOW UP TO HIS FUNERAL SHOWS JUST HOW MUCH YOU CARE AND WHO YOU REALLY ARE A COLD HEARTED LIFELESS SELFISH PERSON…YOUR MUG SHOT LOOKS LIKE YOUR ID PICTURE HOW IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE WHEN YOU JUST LOST YOUR SON SERIOUSLY

  • DEVINE BEAUCHAMP

    DON'T GET ME WRONG JESSICA ROGERS (MAY GOD HAVE MERCY ON HER SOUL) WAS A GOOD PERSON WHEN SHE WAS STRAIGHT AND SOBER…….SHE JUST GOT THE SHORT END OF THE STICK SHE HAS BEEN FIGHTING MANY DRUG ADDICTIONS OVER THE YEARS FROM ALCOHOL TO COCAINE TO EVEN GETTING BEAT EVERY DAY SHE WAS JUST A SUCKER FOR LOVE FROM ANY GUY THAT WOULD GIVE HER THE TIME OF DAY AND WOULD DO ANYTHING FOR IT…..(I KNOW THIS PERSONALLY)

    • jami

      mercy on her soul? what about that baby that burned up? died in a fire ? her soul ?! yes drug addiction is hard and a bad thing to get b eyond but come on her kkid was rIght there… cuz it was to hot? i would rather burn than my son die in aFIRE I KNEW HER wh were in school together she wasnt very nice back then

  • juliet

    she told me she couldnt find him then said she lost grip of him then said it was to hot?! imagine how he felt if i knew he was there i woulda went thru the flames myself to get to him me and my family had to jump from the 2nd story window there was 7 of us i had to drop my 1 yr old niece out the window to a man we didnt know that stopped to help us and we got our fam out how could she not get him out her apt didnt have no fire damage inside he died cuz of her we had to jump or die and we lost 1 of our dogs and 1 of our cats we lost everything and she shows no remourse at all even on the night of the fire no tears nothing wtf is wrong with her all kinda dope pheins in the world and even they wouldnt do that they would got their kids out

  • aimee

    boyfriend is worthless, or he would not have been with a loser like her. he would not be with herr if he wasn't just like her. duh! he didn't carre any more than she did. damn right, nobody in their right mind would have let that kid visit that bitch. you cant tell me that dad didnt know she was a drug addict loser. i dont care what she was strugglng with. she was grown.pathetic she coul not put the drugs away one night for her little boy to visit her safely close to christmas. bet she didn't even get the child a christmas present, but bet anything she found a way to get her ugly, dumb ass high. bitch!, i dont even know you and i hate you. makes me want to go to jail to meet you so i can kick your ugly ass. youl burn in a different way than your chil did… bet you're not getting high now. lol,lol lol.

  • anonymous

    Why is he not being charged, look At his fb. (Francis connelly) On there sayin he loved tht lil boy, rapping nasty “lyrics” and talking to and about the mother being. Meth whore… he is a disgusting low life pos tht isn’t even allowed to see his own 2 child. He also has been a avid drug user his entire life n told a close mutual friend he was afraid of being caught n just jumped

  • debbie harris

    You are sick i would have burn, die , or whatever for my son to live. You are a fuckin drug addict why would you want to live. that little boy is gone to heaven he have no more worries. u on the other hand they going to get ur ass i promise u that !!!!!!!!

  • anonymous

    Some of you making the comments on here don't even know what you are talking about if Gene was guilty he would be in jail the police and arson investigators know what they are doing and they are very good at it.

  • indysucks

    Once again mommys boyfriend thinking of himself. hearing the screams and jumping out a window. NO ONE GIVE A POOP ABOUT THIS KID. he was visiting his mother. his "mother" never really should have had that right to even have him visit. so wrong. not sad. we need to get over the sadness and do things about people that go to court and say no. I don't want my kid to visit his mother because she is a druggie. or I don't want my kid to go to court and visit his father because I have a protective order out on him. I really believe the people that are with the child all the time. day in and day out really know what is best for him. not the druggies, the people that have restraining orders on them, etc. however she had the right to be around that kid was wrong and things need to change. personally I would have died in that fire saving my daughter, granddaughter, boyfriends kids, boyfriends family etc. I might even had died saving my dog. but, I would have never jumped out the window hearing cries and thinking oh, it will be a okay. WHATEVER FOLKS. shove her and that boyfriend in a burning building with no way out. and see what happens.

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