Crime

Kansas City man charged in shooting of 7-year-old daughter

Craig Tinsley
Craig Tinsley

Prosecutors charged a Kansas City man Monday with two counts of first-degree domestic assault for allegedly shooting his 7-year-old daughter in the hand and in the back.

Craig K. Tinsley, 32, also faces two charges of armed criminal action.

According to court records:

Officers responding late Sunday morning to a reported disturbance at a home in the 8400 block of East 93rd Terrace saw a 7-year-old girl walking out of the front door, bleeding from her left hand and crying for her mother.

Medical personnel took her to Children’s Mercy Hospital.

An officer later visiting the girl observed gunshot wounds to her left hand and lower left back.

The girl told the officer that she had not been feeling well that day and had “owies.” She went into her father’s bedroom and told him. She said her father looked mad and got a gun from under the bed and shot at her once, then three more times.

A 16-year-old boy told officers that he heard what he thought was a firecracker go off, looked down the hallway and saw Tinsley point a gun at the girl and shoot four or five times.

The boy also told officers that he had seen Tinsley smoking a “cigarette or something” on the home’s front porch about 10:30 a.m.

The girl told the officer that her father acts weird when he “smokes.”

A woman at the home told police that she was with Tinsley when the girl came into a bedroom crying. The woman asked Tinsley to get some ointment. Tinsley reached under the mattress and pulled out a black handgun, she said. The woman said she thought Tinsley was firing at her.

She grabbed the girl and ran out of the house.

Tinsley declined to speak with detectives. He was convicted of felony child abuse in August 2007 in Jackson County.

Brian Burnes: 816-234-4120, @BPBthree

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