Lee’s Summit woman arrested in Iowa in child custody dispute

tporter@lsjournal.comApril 16, 2014 

A Lee’s Summit woman is in hot water in Iowa after an encounter involving a child, a burglary, shots fired and flattened tires.

According to the Des Moines Register and several television stations in Iowa, Kelly Cooney, 35, Lee’s Summit, has been charged with conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary, conspiracy to go armed with intent and child endangerment along with 50-year-old Kevin Carter of Raytown, who has been charged with first-degree burglary, going armed with intent, assault while causing serious injury and carrying weapons.

A Missouri state criminal database listed Coney’s last known address in Lee’s Summit as in the 200 block of N.E. Westwind Drive, but that was in 2012. She was ordered from those premises after a repossession order for failure to pay rent according to the Case.net database.

Cooney’s current Lee’s Summit address isn’t known and calls to a chief deputy for the Boone County Sheriff’s Department in Iowa seeking more information about the case were not returned prior to the Journal going to press April 15.

The report in the Des Moines newspaper stated that on April 4 a caller asked police to respond to the 320 block of Greene Street in Boone, Iowa at about 3:35 p.m. While en route to the scene, police were told shots had been fired at the location.

Once police arrived on the scene they discovered the person who shot the firearm did so to deflate the tires of a vehicle that carried two people trying to flee with a child. Those two people were identified as Cooney, the child’s mother and Carter.

The man, the ex-husband of a neighbor, had a valid weapons permit according to reports and he was released at the scene after witnesses confirmed that he fired the shots to deflate the tires of a vehicle that Coney and Carter were using to leave the scene.

Cooney and Carter fled and went to the Boone County Sheriff’s Office, the Register reported. They were subsequently booked and held at the Boone County Jail.

Witnesses told police Cooney and Carter had broken into the Boone home and Carter used a stun gun on the child’s father while Cooney took the child from his father. The father was holding the child at the time, according to reports.

The neighbor’s ex-husband witnessed the event and went to his ex-wife’s residence to retrieve his gun.

Boone police said, according to Iowa Courts, Cooney does not have custody of the boy and that there are legal issues over custody pending in Missouri, but a search of Case.net reveled no legal proceedings involving Cooney and child custody.

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