Woman charged with starting fire that killed developmentally disabled brother

OUTAGAMIE COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) - A Clintonville area woman has been charged with First Degree Reckless Homicide for allegedly setting a fire that killed her brother with developmental disabilities.

Dana Nachtrab, 27, is accused of starting the March 12 fire that killed 23-year-old Cody T. Nachtrab at their home on Pine Road in the Town of Deer Creek. Cody's body was found inside the charred home.

Investigators learned Cody Nachtrab lived at the home with his mother; his sister, Dana; Dana's husband, Jeffrey Bodoh; and the couple's 2-year-old daughter.

According to a criminal complaint obtained by Action 2 News, Bodoh told authorities that Dana came into his bedroom to tell him there was a fire in her mother's bedroom. Bodoh said he told Dana to take their daughter outside and he would attempt to rescue Cody from his room.

Bodoh said he tried to pull a sleeping Cody from his room, but Cody became angry and swung at him. Bodoh said black smoke started filling the home and he escaped without Cody.

Dana Nachtrab gave investigators consent to search her phone. They found a text message conversation between Dana Nachtrab and another person that happened about eight hours before the fire. The criminal complaint says a text sent from Dana's phone read, "So I really don't even care if you read any of this .. I jus5 [sic] need to say it before I literally light this mother f---g house on fire."

On March 14, investigators spoke with Dana Nachtrab. She said she had been "under a great deal of stress in her life." She said she was still dealing with the death of her father. She also said she had the responsibility of caring for Cody and "dealing with his rages when he at times will become abusive." She also said that she had a "troubled relationship" with husband Jeffrey.

Nachtrab said that on the night of the fire, she had a fight with Jeffrey. She told investigators that she went into her mother's bedroom and lit a glove on fire. She then tossed it near some paper on the floor and the fire spread.

Dana said she didn't intend for the fire to spread and she tried to put it out. She got her daughter and escaped the home.

Dana Nachtrab was due to appear in Outagamie County Court Monday.

She's facing two domestic abuse misdemeanor charges for an incident involving her husband in October. All together, she could be sentenced to more than a 100 years in prison if convicted.

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