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Father charged in shooting that left two children injured enters not guilty plea

Updated January 28, 2013 at 3:25 PM CST:  A Carthage man charged in connection with a domestic dispute that left two children hospitalized with gunshot wounds has entered a plea of not guilty.

Kenton Cowgill is charged with domestic assault, armed criminal action and felon in possession of a firearm.

The Jasper County Sheriff's Office says Cowgill assaulted his wife, leaving her with facial injuries.  A short time later Cowgill was confronted by his father-in-law.  Authorities say during the confrontation Cowgill grabbed a shotgun and the two struggled for control of the gun.

The gun went off during the struggle and struck two children, a two year old girl and four year old boy, in the face and upper torso area.  They were taken by helicopter to a Springfield hospital and have since recovered from their injuries.

Cowgill's bond has been reduced to $50,000.  His next court appearance is February 25.

Updated November 20, 2012 at 4:55 PM CST:  A Carthage man is charged in connection with a domestic dispute that left two children hospitalized with gunshot wounds.

Kenton Cowgill is charged with domestic assault, armed criminal action and felon in possession of a firearm.

The incident happened yesterday at a home on County Lane 173 between Joplin and Carthage.

The Jasper County Sheriff's Office says Kenton Cowgill assaulted his wife, Shayna Cowgill, leaving her with facial injuries.

A short time later her father, Mark Wittenmyer, confronted Mr. Cowgill.  During the confrontation authorities say Mr. Cowgill grabbed a shotgun and the two struggled for control of the gun.

The gun went off during the struggle and struck two children, a two year old girl and four year old boy, in the face and upper torso area.

They were taken by helicopter to a Springfield hospital and are recovering from non-life threatening injuries.

"It just hurts me," says Kyle Dumes, the father of the four year old boy.  "It hurts me more knowing someone can hurt any kid like that.   It hurts you deep when it's your own kid."

Kenton Cowgill is the father of the two year-old girl.

Updated November 20, 2012 at 12:40 PM CST:  Charges are filed against a southwest Missouri man involved in a gun struggle that sent two small children to the hospital.

Jasper County authorities say it started as a domestic dispute between a husband and wife northeast of Joplin yesterday morning.

According to the report a third person, the woman's father, later confronted the husband who then pulled out a shotgun.

Authorities say Kenton Cowgill, Jr. struggled with his father-in-law over control of the gun which fired, spraying shot pellets into the face and upper torso of the couple's two children.

The two and four-year-old were taken to McCune Brooks Hospital and then to Springfield where they are recovering.

Both Cowgill and his father-in-law were arrested yesterday afternoon.  However, only Cowgill is facing charges.  Six counts of domestic assault, armed criminal action and felon in possession of a firearm.

Reported November 19, 2012 at 3:45 PM CST:  A two year old and four year old have been injured after a shotgun discharged at a home in the Brooklyn Heights, Missouri area.

According to Jasper County Sheriff Office around 11:20 a.m. today they received a phone call from McCune Brooks Hospital that they were preparing for a gunshot victim.

When deputies arrived to investigate they determined that the shooting stemmed from a domestic situation between a husband and wife.

The husband and wife were arguing/fighting at their home in the Brooklyn Heights area when a third party became involved.

The husband and third party were struggling with a shotgun when it discharged, shooting the husband and wife's two year old daughter and four year old boy.  Authorities could not tell us where the gunshot wounds were located.

The two children were taken by MedFlight to Springfield.

The husband is in custody charged with domestic assault.

No names have been released at this time pending further charges and arrests.

 

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