The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

November 20, 2012

Names released, charges pending in Carthage shooting of two children

From staff reports

CARTHAGE, Mo. — Two Carthage men have been arrested in connection with a Monday morning altercation that sent a 2-year-old and a 4-year-old child to the hospital.

Arrested  for felony domestic assault were Kenton C. Cowgill Jr., 27, and Mark L. Wittenmyer, 48. Capt. Derek Walrod with the Jasper County Sheriff’s Office today issued a statement in which the names of the two men were released. Charges have been sent to the Jasper County prosecutor for review.

Deputies were called to McCune-Brooks Hospital at 11:20 a.m. Monday where the children had been taken.

 During the investigation they learned of the domestic assault between Cowgill and his wife, Shayna N. Cowgill, at a rural Carthage residence. During that initial assault, Shayna Cowgill sustained injuries to her face.

A short time later, according to deputies, Wittenmyer, who is Shayna Cowgill’s father, allegedly confronted Kenton Cowgill. Deputies say Kenton Cowgill allegedly brandished a shotgun and the two men began to struggle.

The shotgun discharged and struck the two children in the face and upper torso area. The children were taken to a Springfield hospital where they are being treated for their injuries.