ackson County juvenile officers on Friday accused a 12-year-old boy of accidentally shooting a 14-year-old boy in Kansas City and then abandoning the corpse.
Kansas City police on Wednesday found the body of Montee Ross, a Hickman Mills eighth-grader, buried in a dirt pile on a vacant cul-de-sac near Longview Road and Food Lane. He had been missing since Sunday.
Juvenile officers also accused a 16-year-old boy of abandoning a corpse in connection with the death. The boys’ names were not released because they are juveniles. They remained in the juvenile jail Friday.
Jonathon Davis, 17, who allegedly helped bury Montee’s body, was charged with felony abandonment of a corpse. He is considered an adult in Missouri. He surrendered to police Thursday night with his parents. He remained in jail Friday.
Police officers found Montee’s body after his mother relayed information Wednesday morning that her son had been accidentally shot in a townhome in the 11500 block of Food Lane and dumped nearby. Officers searching the area saw his hand exposed from the dirt pile, which is in an open area between the townhomes and a neighborhood of houses where Montee lived.
According to court records, Davis, Montee and the two juveniles were at the townhome when the 12-year-old accidentally shot Montee. They dragged the body to the basement so the mother at the home would not see it. They put a comforter over Montee’s body while they cleaned up the blood.
In the middle of the night, a witness told police he saw Davis and the 16-year-old carrying what appeared to be Montee’s body out the back door.
Police found Montee’s body on Wednesday morning when they saw a hand sticking up from a pile of dirt on a vacant lot. Officers had gone to the apartments in an attempt to locate Montee.
About 10:40 a.m. Wednesday, police went to the apartment complex at Longview Road and Richmond Avenue on reports of the missing boy. His family had told officers they believed the older friend lived at the complex, and comments on social media and at a school had led them to the apartment complex.