The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

November 19, 2012

Two children shot during domestic dispute

By Jeff Lehr
From staff reports

— Two children were wounded when a shotgun was discharged during a domestic dispute today at a residence in the Brooklyn Heights area of Jasper County.

Capt. Derek Walrod of the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department said the shooting came to light when a 2-year-old girl and a 4-year-old boy were brought to the emergency room of Mercy McCune-Brooks Hospital in Carthage with shotgun pellet wounds.

Walrod said sheriff’s deputies were called to the hospital at 11:20 a.m. and learned that the shooting had taken place at a residence in Brooklyn Heights.

“It was determined this was the result of a domestic dispute between a husband and wife,” Walrod said. “Somehow, a third party got involved, the father of the wife.”

He said a struggle for control of a shotgun ensued between the husband and the father of the woman and the gun discharged, striking the children.

“It’s my understanding the injuries to the children are not life-threatening,” Walrod said.

But the children were flown by medical helicopter to a hospital in Springfield after receiving initial treatment at the hospital in Carthage.

Both the husband and the father of the woman were in custody Monday afternoon pending the filing of domestic assault charges. Their names have yet to be released.