Thu. Apr 2nd, 2020

One step at a time, Janet Bohm moves forward, working hard to walk once again. She said she wants to show her husband that she can’t be defeated.”I want to walk into that courtroom and show him I can beat him,” she told our sister station KETV.Last February, she was covered by flames in her Omaha home.Police said her husband of 20 years, Carl Bohm, intentionally lit the home on fire, knowing his wife and daughter, Amanda Bohm, were inside.Janet Bohm said she watched as her husband poured gasoline all over the garage and pulled out a butane torch. They got in a struggle as she attempted to stop him.”He dropped it. And it went up,” Janet Bohm said.Amanda Bohm was near the doorway and only had a few burns around her ankles, but 85% of Janet Bohm’s body was covered in burns.”Her tennis shoes were melted to her feet,” Amanda Bohm said. “It was bad. There were so many holes, you see more skin than clothes.”She got her mom outside and piled on snow to help ease the pain.”While she was doing that, my dad actually was sitting on the couch. In flames. Just sitting there,” she said.Janet Bohm was taken to the hospital and put in a medically induced coma. She almost died multiple times.”He did want to kill her, and he wanted to take everything from her, and that’s what he did,” Amanda Bohm said.The mother and daughter wonder if things would be different if the protection order they filed prior to the fire wasn’t denied.”It was kind of devastating,” said Janet Bohm. “We really wanted it.”Amanda Bohm said they knew her father would react like that and that they were trying to prevent the fire from happening.”We actually had put in the protection order that he has threatened to burn down the house several times,” she said.The fire motivated her to testify to the state Legislature in favor of bill LB532, which requires those filing protection orders to be seen in court. The bill was approved in May 2019.”One step forward,” said Janet Bohm.She works hard every day at the Ambassador Health Center in Lincoln. Every day, she has physical therapy, where she walks and rolls herself around the room in a wheelchair. She just started walking again at the end of last year.Janet and Amanda Bohm said they want to advocate for other men and women who are in domestic violence situations and are afraid to leave.”Do it. Don’t wait too late like I did. Do it,” Janet Bohm said.She said the love and support from her friends and children inspire her to push through the difficult days. She said she’s very proud of her daughter, who is in her first year of college and getting straight A’s.Amanda Bohm said no matter what, she’ll be there for her mom every step of the way.”I’ll be with you forever, Mom. You know that,” she said.Janet Bohm’s sisters created a GoFundMe to help with Amanda and Janet Bohm’s medical and treatment expenses. To donate, click here.

LINCOLN, Neb. —

One step at a time, Janet Bohm moves forward, working hard to walk once again. She said she wants to show her husband that she can’t be defeated.

“I want to walk into that courtroom and show him I can beat him,” she told our sister station KETV.

Last February, she was covered by flames in her Omaha home.

Police said her husband of 20 years, Carl Bohm, intentionally lit the home on fire, knowing his wife and daughter, Amanda Bohm, were inside.

Janet Bohm said she watched as her husband poured gasoline all over the garage and pulled out a butane torch. They got in a struggle as she attempted to stop him.

“He dropped it. And it went up,” Janet Bohm said.

Amanda Bohm was near the doorway and only had a few burns around her ankles, but 85% of Janet Bohm’s body was covered in burns.

“Her tennis shoes were melted to her feet,” Amanda Bohm said. “It was bad. There were so many holes, you see more skin than clothes.”

She got her mom outside and piled on snow to help ease the pain.

“While she was doing that, my dad actually was sitting on the couch. In flames. Just sitting there,” she said.

Janet Bohm was taken to the hospital and put in a medically induced coma. She almost died multiple times.

“He did want to kill her, and he wanted to take everything from her, and that’s what he did,” Amanda Bohm said.

The mother and daughter wonder if things would be different if the protection order they filed prior to the fire wasn’t denied.

“It was kind of devastating,” said Janet Bohm. “We really wanted it.”

Amanda Bohm said they knew her father would react like that and that they were trying to prevent the fire from happening.

“We actually had put in the protection order that he has threatened to burn down the house several times,” she said.

The fire motivated her to testify to the state Legislature in favor of bill LB532, which requires those filing protection orders to be seen in court. The bill was approved in May 2019.

“One step forward,” said Janet Bohm.

She works hard every day at the Ambassador Health Center in Lincoln. Every day, she has physical therapy, where she walks and rolls herself around the room in a wheelchair. She just started walking again at the end of last year.

Janet and Amanda Bohm said they want to advocate for other men and women who are in domestic violence situations and are afraid to leave.

“Do it. Don’t wait too late like I did. Do it,” Janet Bohm said.

She said the love and support from her friends and children inspire her to push through the difficult days. She said she’s very proud of her daughter, who is in her first year of college

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