The suspect charged with involuntary manslaughter in the accidental drowning of an 8-month-old baby in St. Joseph on Aug. 2 was arrested in Carthage late Wednesday, according to Carthage Police.
Chief Greg Dagnan said Shawn D. Winkfield-Maynard. 24, was arrested after Carthage Police Officers ran down information provided by the St. Joseph Police Department indicating he may be in Carthage.
Dagnan said two independent investigations converged and merged late Wednesday as officers searching for the suspect in a stabbing Wednesday night just west of Carthage on Country Club Road helped apprehend Winkfield-Maynard when he left the home where he was staying in the 400 block of Orchard Street.
"We had done some preliminary work and follow ups and we were convinced he was staying in the 400 block of Orchard," Dagnan said. "One of our guys is on the Southwest Missouri Drug Task Force so we used those guys to surveil the home because we were not sure he was actually there. When the suspect left the home, we had people in the area helping search for the stabbing suspect and they stopped the car and apprehended this suspect."
According to court records on the internet, Winkfield-Maynard was charged with first degree involuntary manslaughter in the Buchanan County Circuit Court on Aug. 12. Bond is set at $75,000.
Media reports in the St. Joseph News-Press newspaper say Winkfield-Maynard was charged in the death of his 8-month-old son, Kion Raheemadien Winkfield-Maynard after the child was found unresponsive in a bathtub Aug. 2. The child was later pronounced dead at Heartland Regional Medical Center.
Buchanan County Prosecuting Attorney Dwight Scroggins said authorities believe the infant was "left unattended for an extended period of time," which resulted in the child's death.
The paper said authorities were unable to determine the amount of time the infant was left unattended, but police confirmed two adults were inside the house, located in the 800 block of North Fifth Street, at the time. Mr. Winkfield-Maynard was arrested for an outstanding, unrelated warrant after the drowning, but later was released.