KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A suburban Kansas City, Missouri, man accused of hitting a family’s vehicle while fleeing from police, fatally injuring a 9-year-old boy, now faces a manslaughter charge.
Jackson County prosecutors on Monday added the first-degree involuntary manslaughter count against Kaveon Cottonham of Grandview, reflecting last week’s death of 9-year-old Aaron Cordell Shanklin-James. He also faces previously filed charges of assault and leaving an accident scene.
Court records allege Cottonham last Wednesday sped away when a police vehicle responding to a call tried to pass him. A witness told police that Cottonham panicked because he thought the officer was trying to pull him over.
Cottonham’s vehicle then hit a vehicle occupied by Aaron, his father, pregnant mother and grandfather.
No attorney is listed for him in online court records.