Authorities capture KCK courthouse fugitive missing almost a year

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Police arrested a man who escaped from custody more than 11 months ago by using his own baby as a decoy to walk away from court.

Robert E. Ingram was arrested Tuesday morning at about 11:30 a.m. at a residence in Kansas City, Kan. He is now once again in the Wyandotte County Jail.

Surveillance video showed that on March 2, 2012, Ingram darted out of the Wyandotte County courthouse to a waiting car, with his baby daughter under his arms. Prosecutors say Robert Ingram suspected his probation for dealing cocaine would be revoked, so he used his 17-month-old daughter as a decoy to leave the courtroom, telling the judge he needed to call someone to take care of his baby.

Instead, surveillance video shows Ingram darted out of the Wyandotte County courthouse to a waiting car, carrying his baby under his arm like a football.  Police say his sister, Barbara Ingram, was waiting for him in a Pontiac Grand Am registered to their mother. Sometime after his getaway, Ingram dropped the baby off with his mother, who police say hasn’t been cooperative, either.

Barbara Ingram was been charged with obstructing apprehension

The Wyandotte County Sheriff’s Office said in March that Ingram would face a charge of aggravated escape from custody.

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