KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A 25-year-old Kansas City mother and a 28-year-old father both faced a judge on Monday, accused of child abuse and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child after police say they brought their two daughters to a drug deal Thursday night, which ended in one child shot in the head, a man dead, and the parents also wounded.
Darrell Roberson, 28, and Roselynn Kuntz, 25, were not allowed to see each other during their court hearings. Kuntz entered the courtroom in a wheelchair after police say she was shot in the back during the drug deal in the parking lot of Church’s Chicken off Gregory and Prospect on Thursday. Roberson suffered a shoulder wound. Their two-year-old daughter was shot in the head and is in critical condition. A 19-year-old man was killed; police found him lying in the parking lot next to a van.
“The parents roll up with their two children in a van and then a third adult individual gets into the vehicle with them,” said Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters-Baker. “The children, a two-year-old and a three-year-old, are literally caught in the crossfire inside this vehicle,” Baker said.
Police say Roberson told them he was there to sell a pound of marijuana and that he had two loaded handguns. The parents reportedly took their children along to the 8:00 p.m. drug deal because they had no babysitter.
Surveillance video shows a car pull in next to the couple's van where Roberson, Kuntz and their two daughters were waiting. During their police interviews, court records say the parents told police that a guy named 'D' got into their van to 'do the deal' but he pulled a gun, trying to rob the couple. Police say 'D' is Davyon Coates, 19.
"Every adult inside their vehicle is armed with a gun and ready to go to war,” Baker said.
The only one who wasn’t hurt was the three-year-old girl.
On Monday, at the Jackson County Courthouse, the family of Roselynn Kuntz did not make any statements as they left the courthouse.
Kuntz and Roberson told police that Roberson and Coates wrestled over the gun and that shots were fired inside the van. Police say Kuntz told them she was the one who shot Coates.
Police say it is Coates you can see on video stumbling out of the van and across the Church's Chicken parking lot before falling to the ground and dying.
Prosecutors haven’t released any information about whether charges will come out for the death of Coates, but they say the case is still open and they’re still investigating.
Roberson and Kuntz are each held on $100,000 bond.