KC man charged in death of 2-year-old daughter

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A 24-year-old Kansas City man faces a second-degree murder charge in the death of his 2-year-old daughter who authorities said died from an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The Jackson County prosecutor’s office said Wednesday in a release that Courtenay S. Block is charged with second-degree murder, child abuse, and other charges accusing him of allowing his daughter access to a loaded weapon. He was charged last week with endangering the welfare of a child, armed criminal action and tampering.

The release said the child “apparently shot herself in the head.”

Court records show Kansas City police officers arrived at the home last Thursday and found Block holding the unresponsive child suffering from a gunshot wound to the head.

Online court records don’t list a lawyer for Block, who’s in custody.


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