Mother speaks about losing sons in fire

A memorial sits on the front lawn of a home where a fire killed two twin boys.
A memorial sits on the front lawn of a home where a fire killed two twin boys.

TIPPECANOE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) – It’s been two days since three-year-old twin boys Landon and Liam Abbott were killed in a Tippecanoe County house fire.

Their mother, Layla Abbott, remembers dropping the boys off at their father’s house, telling them goodbye, never thinking it’d be the last time.

“I can just remember kissing them goodbye and I just remember them walking away,” said Abbott.

The fire broke out just before 11 Saturday morning at a home on Brandy Kay Court.

The twins’ father, 31-year-old Brandon Abbott, and 31-year-old Nicole Thomas, were able to make it out of the home with non-life threatening injuries. That’s something Layla said she doesn’t understand.

“I wouldn’t have left that house without my boys,” said Abbott. “I would have got them out, I would have known where they were. I would have done everything I had to do to get them out of that house.”

Detective Jason Huber with the Tippecanoe County Sherriff’s Office said investigators are still working to determine what may have caused the fire. He said that investigation could take several weeks.

“We want to make sure we turn over every stone and that we investigate every lead that we absolutely can to give answers to a grieving family and that’s what we’re going to do,” said Huber.

In the meantime, Abbott said she’s left with only memories of her baby boys and those memories are what she’ll keep with her forever.

“I don’t want to remember anything else but them and their attitudes and the way they walked and talked and laughed,” said Abbott. “They were perfect.”

A memorial fund has been set up for Landon and Liam Abbott at Lafayette Bank and Trust. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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