Man, woman charged with child abuse in recent shootings after reported drug deal
KANSAS CITY, MO – 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, resulting in one of their children being shot.
Darrell Roberson, 28, and Roselynn S. Kuntz, 25, each face child abuse and two counts of first-degree child endangerment charges. Prosecutors have requested a bond of $100,000 cash for each of them.
According to court records, police responded on Thursday evening to the scene of a shooting behind a Church’s Chicken near Prospect Avenue and Gregory Boulevard.
Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker voiced frustration at the individuals who were charged.
“One shouldn’t need to state this out loud but that’s a very dangerous business that they chose to bring their children to,” she said.
They found a man shot to death in the parking lot and the defendants with two children, ages 2 and 3. Family members confirm to KCTV5 News that the couple’s 2-year-old girl named Reign was caught in the gunfire.
“The children in this vehicle are literally in the crossfire,” Baker said.
According to a GoFundMe page set up by Reign’s aunt, the child was shot in the left side of her head. Kuntz was shot in the back. Emergency surgery was performed on the child.