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Kansas City man accused of sexually attacking, killing 18-year-old daughter

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According to court records, police found Daiza Bausby's body at the 4 Acres Motel on Hickman Mills Drive on March 21 after she was discovered by motel cleaning staff.  (Submitted) According to court records, police found Daiza Bausby's body at the 4 Acres Motel on Hickman Mills Drive on March 21 after she was discovered by motel cleaning staff. (Submitted)
Jerry K. Bausby, 40, faces first-degree murder, first-degree sodomy, incest and first-degree sexual abuse. (KCPD) Jerry K. Bausby, 40, faces first-degree murder, first-degree sodomy, incest and first-degree sexual abuse. (KCPD)
KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

The father of an 18-year-old high school student found dead in a south Kansas City motel in March has been charged with the murder of his daughter.

Jerry K. Bausby, 40, faces first-degree murder, first-degree sodomy, incest and first-degree sexual abuse.

According to court records, police found Daiza Bausby's body at the 4 Acres Motel on Hickman Mills Drive on March 21 after she was discovered by motel cleaning staff. Her mother filed a missing-person report the following day.

"Over 20 years, I've seen a lot, and this one probably ranks near the top of that list, if not at the top,” Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said. “I am absolutely going to fight for her."

*Warning: Some may find the following details graphic in nature.*

The Jackson County Medical Examiner ruled she had by killed by smothering. She also been anally sodomized.

Her father had rented the room and video showed him entering the hotel to rent the room. At 3:31 a.m. a person matching Jerry Bausby's description is seen leaving the motel. He doesn't return to the room where his daughter's body is later found.

DNA tests found the vicitm's DNA on Jerry Bausby's penis.

He was taken into custody Wednesday. Prosecutors requested a bond of $750,000.

Daiza Bausby was an honors student who until this year was first in her class at Southwest Early College Campus. She ran track, played basketball, was a member of Junior ROTC and captain of her cheerleading squad. She would have graduated from high school with enough dual credit hours to earn an associate degree.

Pastor John Clifton knew of Daiza Bausby through her cheerleading at Southwest. He had a message for her friends.

"She was never forgotten, and we were never going to let that happen, and we were going to battle to the very end to make sure that somebody paid for this crime,” he said.

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