Falsely accused mother seeks compensation

Docs: Evidence false, altered, coerced

INDIANAPOLIS - A mother who says she was falsely accused of killing her child filed a lawsuit Wednesday to seek compensation.

Kristine Bunch spent nearly two decades behind bars for a crime she said she did not commit.

Bunch laid out her plea to the court in a 13-page document that said the state and federal investigators acted with malice and reckless indifference. She said she wants her accusers to pay for their actions.

In December of 2012, the Indiana Court of Appeals threw out the conviction that accused her of setting a fire that killed her 3-year-old son in 1995.

Bunch’s legal team has filed a federal lawsuit in Indianapolis against former and current investigators with the Indiana State Fire Marshal’s Office.

The lawsuit accuses the investigators of concealing information from the prosecutor in Greensburg and deliberately destroying the wiring that was thought to be the cause of the fire.

The documents go on to call the investigators’ work on the case a "corrupt joint action to fabricate evidence."

"She had a baby when she was incarcerated, so she lost the opportunity of bringing up that baby. She lost all those years of her life that can never be returned. Unfortunately, the only thing we can ask for is money damages," Bunch’s attorney John Stainthorp said.

Stainthorp is also suing the estate of a federal agent connected with the case.

No hearing dates have been set.

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