Mom of KC toddler killed with dad’s gun: ‘He didn’t murder her’

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- New charges were filed over the weekend against Courtenay Block, the father of the toddler who got ahold of his gun and was killed on April 21. Those charges show several people, including KCPD detectives and Sha'quille's Kornegay, knew about Block being in the presence of the two young children while also in the presence of guns and drugs. But Block wasn't charged in a September 2015 investigation until after the 2-year-old's death.

Speaking for the first time about her daughter's death Monday night, Montorre Kornegay said Block shouldn't have been charged with second degree murder.

"She was a smart girl, she was beautiful she was very intelligent, she loved phones," Kornegay said wearing a shirt with her daughter's face on it holding up a peace sign.

Prosecutors say Block, 24, left a loaded handgun lying around in his home on Lawn Avenue and Sha`quille got a hold of it. He ran from the home asking for someone to call 911, but only after prosecutors say he hid the gun in a floor vent.

"It was never nothing where he was just walking around with it all day doing crazy stuff, it was for work," Kornegay said, explaining that Block worked at a liquor store.

Documents FOX 4 uncovered on Monday revealed Kansas City police questioned Block in September about a gun he had purchased that was used in a homicide. They didn`t find that gun when they searched his hotel room, but according to the documents they did find another loaded semi-automatic stolen handgun in a room with his kids. They also found ammo and more than 100 grams of marijuana.

"I don`t hate him, I hate the situation, I hate that he was irresponsible," she said.

Once detectives got inside the home where Sha`quille was shot and killed, they would again find drugs and that gun in the floor vent. Court documents say that gun appears to have been stolen in October.

Block was charged with drug possession, child endangering, tampering with evidence and second degree murder

Kornegay says she was never asked by the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office if she supported a murder charge, and doesn't think Block deserves it.

"I know deep down in his heart he didn`t mean for that to happen, he didn`t murder her, no," Kornegay said. "He`s a wonderful dad, he has a big heart, I know right now out of everybody I think he`s the one hurting the most, that was his world."

Why Block wasn`t charged in the 2015 case until after he was already in jail for his daughter's murder is still unclear. Prosecutors say they only recently received the case. It was part of a larger investigation, but at this point prosecutors aren't releasing which homicide the gun they were looking for was connected to.