After seeing her father appear in court Monday on allegations that he set fire to the family home while she and her mother were inside, Amanda Bohm recounted the last words he said to her.
“I will hurt you more than you ever will know,” Amanda Bohm quoted Carl Bohm as saying in February before he flicked a lighter onto a puddle of gasoline on the garage floor.
Amanda Bohm suffered second-degree burns. Her mother, Janet Franks-Bohm, has undergone roughly 30 surgeries to repair the third-degree burns on more than 60% of her body. She remains in a Lincoln hospital.
Amanda Bohm said she doesn’t think she will ever be able to forgive her father.
“I take this very, very personally,” she said. “This was meant to hurt me.”
Carl Bohm, 66, was ordered held on $2 million bail Monday on a first-degree arson charge. Authorities have said he started a fire Feb. 25 at the family home near 39th Street and Himebaugh Avenue.
Victims’ advocates have pointed to the case as an example of a larger problem in Douglas County in which protection orders are denied on their face without a hearing in front of a judge.
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Franks-Bohm had applied for a protection order seven months before the fire. She said Carl Bohm had burned the family’s belongings in a giant bonfire and threatened to burn down the house and kill her. The protection order was denied without reason or a hearing.
Amanda Bohm started to cry Monday when she talked about what her mother has gone through and the long road of recovery still ahead. Doctors in the burn unit at St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center in Lincoln haven’t yet given the family a date when Franks-Bohm might be released, but they have said she faces months of physical therapy when that happens.
Franks-Bohm has had several surgeries to repair her skin — first using synthetic skin and now skin graft surgeries with her own skin, said her son, Daniel Franks. In one week, she had four separate surgeries. Even on Monday afternoon as her husband was in court, she was being prepped to undergo another skin graft surgery.
“This process for her is ongoing and very, very brutal. For him to be up and walking is kind of upsetting to us,” Franks said. “I wanted to see him, I wanted to see how he had healed. I kind of wish he was worse.”
Franks-Bohm, 57, can’t speak because she is using a ventilator, so detectives have been unable to interview her, a prosecutor said. She can mouth words to family and friends or spell out words using a letter chart, but it’s a slow and frustrating process, Amanda Bohm said.
Amanda said she last visited her mother a couple of days ago, and they talked about their personal lives and things Franks-Bohm needed, such as lip balm. Amanda graduated from North High School in May and plans to attend Metropolitan Community College to start a career in nursing.
But not having her mother around has been very difficult.
“If you ask anyone, my mom’s my best friend. So, I lost two people in this,” she said, crying. “It’s really hard and I miss her a lot.”