KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Rebecca Lee, a 42-year-old Kansas City woman, was charged Friday in Clay County with one count of armed criminal action and one count of unlawful use of a weapon* related to a shooting on Friday, June 9th that killed her daughter.
Robbin Baska, 19, was killed in the 100 block of NE Harlem, which is across 169 Highway from the Charles Wheeler Downtown Airport.
At about 3:30 p.m, police received a call that a woman had been shot in the face. When they arrived at the apartment, they say they met Lee, who was putting several dogs into a green Ford Explorer. They say she had blood on her shirt and they asked her if she had been shot. They say she replied that her daughter was upstairs, dead in the apartment.
According to the probable cause statement, Lee told police that she and her daughter were sleeping when someone knocked on the apartment door. Lee told police a man entered and grabbed her by the neck and held a gun to her hand, demanding money. She told police as they were struggling, she heard a gunshot. She said the man ran from the apartment, so she grabbed her gun and ran after him. Police say Lee shot at the man and was unaware her daughter had been shot.
A witness who was initially interviewed the evening of the shooting, called police six days after the deadly shooting to tell them that he remembered Lee stating her 'daughter got in the way.' The neighbor said he was outside of his apartment when he saw a black male and white female run out of the apartment with Lee chasing them. The witness said Lee shot her gun two times at the man and woman. After the two fled, the man says Lee tried to give him her gun, saying 'her daughter got in the way.' The man says he refused to take the gun, so she gave it to another neighbor.
A second witness told police he was asleep when his girlfriend came in to wake him up because she was upset. She said she went to Lee's apartment to borrow jumper cables and when she knocked on the door, a man pushed past her and went into Lee's apartment. The boyfriend claimed his girlfriend ran away and as she did, she heard a gunshot. When the boyfriend went outside to see what was going on, he says he saw Lee on the balcony. He says she pointed a gun at him and told him to keep his girlfriend away.
Another witness who lives in the apartments told police he heard two gunshots and went outside to investigate. He said he saw Lee, who asked him to take the gun, which he did. He says Lee told him her daughter had been shot and that a black man and white woman were the suspects.
Lee is in custody at the Clay County Detention Center, with a $100,000 bond.
Baska grew up in Ottawa and moved to North Kansas City. She attended Winnetonka High School. Baska was a manager at McDonald's in North Kansas City on Armour Road, according to her obituary. Read Baska's obituary in The Ottawa Herald.
Neighbors said that there was a disturbance a couple of nights before.
There is a GoFundMe account set up to help Robbin Baska's family with funeral expenses. Click here for that link.
If you know anything that will help investigators, call the TIPS Hotline at (816) 474-TIPS.
*(Discharges or shoots a firearm at or from a motor vehicle, as defined in section 301.010, discharges or shoots a firearm at any person, or at any other motor vehicle, or at any building or habitable structure, unless the person was lawfully acting in self-defense.)