For Immediate Release
Nov. 16, 2023
The Jackson County Prosecutor's Office issues the following statement this evening:
Media reports today stated two potential criminal cases involving the fentanyl deaths of a child in Kansas City were not in the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office records system, suggesting they were not submitted to us by police. After further communication with the Kansas City, Missouri Police Department, however, and checks of our records management system, we have confirmed that those two cases were in fact submitted to the prosecutor’s office. They were not found initially because of entry errors into our system. More important, they have been and continue to be actively worked by detectives and prosecutors.
We accept responsibility for this oversight in information provided to the media. We are committed to working closely with our partners to promote public safety and, especially, to protect children from harm.
For more information, contact:
Director of Communication
Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office
Jean Peters Baker, Prosecutor