Father arrested, charged in connection with fire that killed his twin 3-year-old sons


Brandon Abbott

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LAFAYETTE, Ind. (Nov. 6, 2014)– A father has been charged in connection with a fire that killed his twin sons.

Brandon Abbott, 31, faces two felony charges of neglecting a dependent resulting in death.

Abbott, the father of twin 3-year-old boys who died in a house fire on April 5, was arrested Thursday and charged in connection with their deaths.

Abbott also faces charges for dealing and possessing drugs, maintaining a common nuisance and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

Court documents show that a loaded handgun and more than 200 grams of marijuana and small amounts of several other drugs were found in the home.

Abbott is a convicted felon, which prohibits him from possessing a firearm.

The cause of the fire remains undetermined, but investigators say it originated in a first-floor room lit by black lights. A propane canister was discovered, and appeared to have exploded according to court documents.

Abbott allegedly told police he used the propane torch in the living room to smoke a “dab,” a term for the wax form of marijuana extract.

Abbott had marijuana and ecstasy in his system the day of the fire, and hydrocodone for which he had a prescription, a blood test confirmed. Nicole Thomas, who was at the house at the time of the fire, tested positive for marijuana, ecstasy, hydrocodone, amphetamine and fentanyl.

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