A Missouri man is accused of killing a 17-month-old girl by shooting her in the back of the head after slitting her parents’ throats the day before.
Drew Atchison, 24, of Williamsville in southeast Missouri, was charged Monday with three counts of first-degree murder as well as kidnapping and other crimes.
The Wayne County Sheriff’s Department identified the victims as Harley Michael Million, Samara Fontaine Kitts and toddler Willa Fontaine Million, all of Mill Spring, Mo. They had been reported missing on Sunday by someone who said they had not been heard from for several days.
It is not clear what relationship Atchison might have had with the victims.
According to a court document:
Atchison confessed to authorities that he killed the adults on Thursday by slitting their throats and then placed them in the bed of Million’s 2004 Chevrolet Silverado. Atchison left the toddler in a locked room with dogs.
Atchison returned to Million’s home the next morning to destroy evidence. He took the child and drove Million’s truck to another location, in neighboring Butler County, where he threw the murder knife into the woods and then hid the adults’ bodies beneath some blankets and trash.
Atchison then held the toddler in his arms, facing away from him, and tried to shoot her. He told investigators the gun malfunctioned on the first shot and the second shot missed. The third one killed the girl. Atchison is accused of concealing her body with those of her parents.
Atchison then threw the registration for Million’s truck into the nearby Black River before driving it to a residence behind his own, on Cemetery Road, where he tried to hide it with tarps under a carport.