Police announce formal arrest in death of little girl in Leavenworth

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LEAVENWORTH, Kan. – Monday evening Leavenworth Police Chief Patrick Kitchens announced the formal arrest of Marcus McGowan, 30, who is suspected of taking and killing five-year-old Cady Harris, in addition to getting in a shootout with police officers Friday night. The little girl died from a gunshot wound.

A previous booking photo for Marcus McGowan, who was arrested under the suspicion of first-degree felony murder in addition to other charges in the killing of five-year-old Cady Harris. (Photo: Kansas Department of Corrections)

A previous booking photo for Marcus McGowan, who was arrested under the suspicion of first-degree felony murder in addition to other charges in the killing of five-year-old Cady Harris. (Photo: Kansas Department of Corrections)

McGowan has been arrested on the suspicion of first-degree felony murder, aggravated kidnapping, aggravated endangering of a child, aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer, felony fleeing and eluding and criminal possession of a firearm.

The case will be submitted to the Leavenworth County District Attorney’s Office for review; Chief Kitchens said there is no timetable for the announcement of charges from the DA’s office.

McGowan remains hospitalized and is being kept under a 24-hour guard, though Chief Kitchens would not elaborate about his injuries. He was placed under arrest at about 5 p.m. on Monday, Chief Kitchens said he wanted to dispel any rumors that McGowan is currently a free man.

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