For Immediate Release
Dec. 3, 2019
A KC man has been charged in the August 2019 death of a 2-month-old child in his care in a KC residence, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.
Arlandez R. Drew, dob: 10/4/1991, faces Abuse or Neglect of a Child -- Resulting in Death, a Class A felony under Missouri law.*
According to court records, Kansas City police responded on Aug. 23, 2019, to the 9500 block of Charlotte Street and found Drew, who told police the victim, dob: 6/7/2019, had begun choking. When the child wasn't breathing, he notified a neighbor who performed CPR. The child later was declared deceased at Children's Mercy Hospital on Sunday Aug. 25, 2019. The Medical Examiner in November determined that the death was a homicide caused by complications of head and neck trauma. Drew told police he's the boyfriend of the victim's mother and was watching the victim on Aug. 23, 2019. After the child was fed, Drew stated the baby appeared to be coughing and convulsing. He picked the child up and took him downstairs and put the child on the couch while he went for help from a neighborhod. The neighbor performed CPR until an ambulance arrived. He accompanied the baby to the hospital. A scan of the baby's brain at Children's Mercy revealed bleeding in the brain and extreme swelling, as well as retinal bleeding. The physicians believed that the injuries were consistent with head trauma abuse.
Prosecutors requested a bond of $100,000 cash.
For more information, contact:
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Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office
Jean Peters Baker, Prosecutor
Work : (816) 881-3812
Mobile: (816) 674-3954
*Charges are only accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until the defendant is either found guilty or has pleaded.