For Immediate Release
Aug. 10, 2017
A Jackson County Detention Center inmate has been charged with the felony count of endangering corrections officer after throwing urine infected with hepatitis C on officer, Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker announced today.
Leo Dowthard IV, dob: 1/07/1978, of Kansas City, faces a Class D felony count of Endangering Corrections Employee.*
According to court records, the Jackson County Sheriff's Office responded to the detention center on a reported assault in January. The officer interviewed corrections officers who stated that the defendant, as the officer was passing his cell door, threw a cup of liquid on the corrections officer. The liquid was later determined to be urine. Witnesses said the defendant had thrown urine and feces on other corrections officers. The defendant reportedly was positive for Heaptitis C, which detectives for the sheriff confirmed.
For more information, contact:
Director of Communication
Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office
Jean Peters Baker, Prosecutor
Work : (816) 881-3812
Mobile: (816) 674-3954
*Charges are only accusations and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until the defendant is either found guilty or has pleaded.