A mother's nightmare has become an even greater burden.
Police say 14-year-old Montee Ross was accidentally shot by his 12-year-old brother, who had two others bury the body behind a south Kansas City apartment complex.
The brother and another juvenile face charges in juvenile court. A Kansas City teen is accused of helping bury Montee's body.
Police found Montee's body on Wednesday morning when they saw a hand sticking up from a pile of dirt on a vacant lot. Officers had gone to the apartments in an attempt to locate Montee.
Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced Friday afternoon that she has filed one count of abandonment of a corpse against 17-year-old Jonathon Davis. This is a Class D felony, and he is being held on a $100,000 bond.
Davis' parents brought him to the police station Thursday night, and his father was present during the interrogation.
Davis admitted to helping cover the crime, according to court records.
Authorities in Jackson County have charged Montee's 12-year-old brother with first-degree involuntary manslaughter, a Class C felony. A 16-year-old friend faces an abandonment of a corpse charge in juvenile court.
The 12-year-old and 16-year-old are being held in the Jackson County Juvenile Detention Center.
Montee's 12-year-old brother had told his mother that he had last seen Montee on Sunday as they had gone to a local store. The 12-year-old said in an interview with KCTV5 on Wednesday that his brother had left with an older friend.
According to court records, Montee was reported missing Monday. The boy's mother had said police didn't initially respond because they didn't know whether Montee was a runaway or not.
Apparently the two brothers wound up inside an apartment at the Kirkwood Apartments, which are in the 11500 block of Food Lane.
Davis and a witness agreed that after Montee was fatally shot the teens and the brother panicked, according to court records. They feared that the mother of the 16-year-old who lived at the residence would discover the body.
They dragged Montee's body to the basement and used a comforter to cover it up. Davis worked to clean up the blood, according to court records.
"Davis stated he did not call for an ambulance or police because he knew the victim was dead," according to court documents. "Davis admitted to disposing of the victim's body and burying him with the (16-year-old) juvenile resident under some dirt in a cul-de-sac south of the residence."
The parents of Montee and his brother have had a difficult week. Friday night they made an emotional appeal in the hopes that their story will serve as a cautionary tale.
"This is a tragedy. Every family is suffering," Alicia Temple said.
She and Montee Ross Sr. stood side by side, surrounded by family members, all of whom are lamenting the loss of Montee Ross Jr.
"I know it was an accident. And I forgive them. I forgive all of them. I know all are families and I apologize to the families," the mother said between tears.
"The thing is they just made the wrong choice and, at this time, it's unfortunate we have to gather under this circumstance," Robin Kearney, the brothers' aunt, said.
It's a choice the family hopes no other children make.
"We need to get our children together. Let them know the safety of gun playing. Get the information out there, it's not cool," Temple said.
The family said it will work with AdHoc to host a vigil this weekend. Funeral arrangements are pending.
A Montee Ross Jr. memorial fund has been set up at Liberty Bank and Trust.
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