For Immediate Release
Aug. 21, 2016
A Belton man and his girlfriend have been charged with child abuse and child endangerment for firing weapons near the children during a reported drug deal in Kansas City, resulting in one child being shot, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.
Darrell Roberson, 28 (dob: 4/13/1988), and Roselynn S. Kuntz, 25 (dob: 9/15/1990), each face Child Abuse, a Class A felony, and two counts of Child Endangerment in the 1st Degree, Class C felonies.
According to court records, police responded on the evening of Aug. 18, 2016, to the scene of a shooting behind a Church's Chicken near Prospect Avenue and Gregory Blvd. They found a man shot to death in the parking lot and the defendants with two children, 2 and 3 years old. The younger child has been shot. Roberson told police he had set up a drug deal there and had two firearms in the vehicle with the two children. He acknowledged firing a weapon near the children. Kuntz also told police she fired a gun in the vehicle with the children there. Roberson told police they brought the children to the drug deal because they didn't have a babysitter. The defendants told police a gun fight erupted after the man they met for the drug deal pulled a gun. The 19-year-old man died from his wounds.
Prosecutors have requested a bond of $100,000 cash for each defendant.
Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker will be available for short interviews with the media at 12:45 p.m. at Metro Patrol, 7601 Prospect Avenue.
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Jean Peters Baker, Prosecutor
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*Charges are only accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until the defendant is either found guilty or has pleaded.