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Blue Springs man found dead in freezer had filed protection order against alleged killer

Harvey C. Baldwin had filed an order of protection against his grandson, Tyreik Baldwin, before he was found dead in a freezer in his Blue Springs home. His grandson has been charged with murder in relation to his death.
Harvey C. Baldwin had filed an order of protection against his grandson, Tyreik Baldwin, before he was found dead in a freezer in his Blue Springs home. His grandson has been charged with murder in relation to his death. GoFundMe

The victim of a brutal murder in Blue Springs had filed an order of protection against his alleged killer, court documents show.

Harvey C. Baldwin, who was found dead in a freezer June 30, filed a request for an order of protection against his grandson, Tyreik Baldwin, in November.

The order was granted by Jackson County Circuit Court in Independence. Tyreik Baldwin never appeared in court to contest the order, documents show. The request was filed under Missouri’s Adult Abuse Act, which is intended to protect adults from abusive family or household members.

The nature of the abuse Harvey Baldwin alleged in November was not clear.

A GoFundMe fundraiser was set up Thursday to pay for the deceased man’s funeral expenses. The fundraiser described Harvey Baldwin as a Marine veteran, retired steelworker and retired custodian for Blue Springs South High School. The fundraiser, set up by Gary Wilcox of Blue Springs, said Baldwin “loved and wouldn’t give up on” his grandson.

Police have said Tyreik Baldwin killed his grandfather in the 77-year-old man’s home in the 1400 block of Southwest 23rd St. Tyreik Baldwin allegedly left his grandfather’s body in a freezer before attacking his uncle and stealing his grandfather’s truck on June 30. Police arrested him on Interstate 470 the same day. Baldwin had tried to escape the traffic stop, but police officers used stop sticks to immobilize the truck.

Tyreik Baldwin has been charged with first-degree murder, domestic assault, armed criminal action and vehicle theft. He was being held on a $250,000 bond Monday in Jackson County Jail.

Shane Sanderson: 816-234-4440, @shanersanderson

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