Failure to protect

Police arrest boyfriend of woman accused of barricading daughter in closet

Updated: 2012-07-20T15:09:44Z

Police have arrested Marcus R. Benson, the man police say is the boyfriend of the woman accused of barricading her 10-year-old malnourished daughter in an apartment closet.

Benson was arrested about 8 p.m. Thursday. He is being held at Kansas City police headquarters and will make an appearance in court at 11 a.m. today.

Jackson County prosecutors have charged Benson with two charges of felony child endangerment.

Benson told police he didn’t know about the abuse.

Police found the girl on June 22 in an apartment in the 1300 block of Highland Avenue after someone called the Missouri child abuse hotline. The girl weighed just 32 pounds.

Her mother, Jacole Prince, 29, has been charged with assault, child abuse and child endangerment.

| Robert A. Cronkleton, bcronkleton@kcstar.com

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