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Dad charged with murder after 7-year-old finds mom's body

December 01, 2017 - 2:22 pm
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Court documents say a Kansas City man has been charged with killing his wife after the couple's 7-year-old daughter told a school counselor that she had found a body and "didn't want to be next."

45-year old Benjamin Byers was charged Thursday with second-degree murder, armed criminal action, abandonment of a corpse and child endangerment in the death of Melissa Byers. Bond is set at $500,000. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.

The probable cause statement says the girl last saw her mother alive Monday. The statement says she talked to a counselor Wednesday after finding "lots of blood" and a body with a "stab on the back." The girl said her father had been acting "weird" and she didn't tell him what she had seen because she "didn't want to be next."

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