Authorities Unravel Details Of ‘Inter-Related’ Madison County Deaths

HIGHLAND, Ill. (AP/KMOX)(UPDATED 6:04 p.m.) – Investigators are still putting together the pieces of what Madison County Coronor Steve Nonn called two “inter-related” deaths in Glen Carbon, Illinois. A fatal fire broke out at a home on Dogwood Lane and a woman’s body was pulled from nearby Silver Lake, Thursday morning.

Around 5:15 a.m., Glen Carbon Police received a 911 call reporting a fire at a home on Dogwood Lane. Emergency crews responded and found the home engulfed in flames. Once the fire was extinguished, firefighters found a deceased adult inside the home.

About 15 minutes later, there was another 911 call reporting that a vehicle had driven into Silver Lake off Route 143 near Prairie Road in Highland. When first responders arrived on the scene they found a partially submerged vehicle in the lake about 50 feet from the shore. A paramedic with Highland EMS rushed into the lake to search for anyone who may be trapped inside and found an unresponsive 3-month-old boy. The infant was revived at the scene and taken to a St. Louis area hospital where he is expected to make a full recovery.

Madison County Sheriff John Lakin says Todd Zobrist, the paramedic who pulled the child from the lake, is a hero. Zobrist swam into 50 feet of 45 degree water to rescue and revive the infant.

A woman’s body was pulled from the Silver Lake a few hours later.

Investigators say a purse found in the vehicle in Silver Lake had identification that belonged to a female resident of the home on Dogwood Lane where the fire broke out earlier Thursday morning.

The unidentified deceased female found in Silver Lake has been positively identified by the Madison County Coroner’s Office as Cristy Campbell, 32, of 15 Dogwood Lane in Glen Carbon.

Cristy L. Campbell (Provided photo)

Authorities have not yet released the name of the fire victim.

Property records show the burned home belonged to Cristy Lynn Campbell. Glen Carbon police issued an advisory describing her as a “person of interest” and “possibly endangered” earlier Thursday morning. They have since retracted that advisory.

Campbell has seven children, authorities say. Six children escaped from the house fire and the seventh was the infant found in the lake. Police say some of the children ran to a nearby Walmart, while others ran to a neighbor’s home.

Court records show Campbell, 32, married Justin Campbell on Nov. 3, 2006. She filed for legal separation in September 2010, but the matter was dismissed two months later.

In April 2012, Cristy Campbell obtained an emergency protection order against her husband and filed for divorce, alleging in court papers that he “abuses me on a weekly basis,” including punching and choking her.

“He has told me that I’m a no good wife,” Campbell wrote in her application for the protection order.

The divorce was granted in February 2013.

Glen Carbon police say they were called to Campbell’s home on Dogwood Lane at least 50 times since 2010 for situations from barking dogs to 911 hang-ups to domestic disturbances.

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