Two Arrested After Baby Found in Closet, Near Loaded Gun

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DES MOINES, Iowa — Two people have been jailed after police say they found a baby in their closet near a loaded gun.

Twenty-seven-year-old Philip Barber and 22-year-old Kelsey Kenworthy of Des Moines are charged with child endangerment.

Police say they were called to the couple’s apartment in the 6700 block of Southeast 5th Street early Tuesday morning after a neighbor reported hearing a loud altercation.

During an inspection of the apartment an officer says he heard crying coming from a closet. When he opened the door he saw an eight-month-old baby sitting in a car seat near a loaded gun and a box of ammunition.

Officers also say it appeared Barber and Kenworthy were under the influence of narcotics because they had large sores all over their faces and arms and were unable to stop moving.

Drug paraphernalia was found around the apartment.

Barber and Kenworth are both in the Polk County Jail.

The child was taken to a local hospital for a medical evaluation.

23 comments

  • jimbob

    With your reaction being so out landish, I’m sure you have your act together enough that we can surely trust you..

    • joe

      I’m thinking that the comments are hitting pretty close to his home, especially with all the time itt takes to copy and paste…lol

  • Matthew

    Sounds like someone who knows them is on meth, too. Probably their dealer who is going to miss their government aid money. This is a prime example of anyone who is getting gov’t/state aid should have to pass a monthly drug test. I had to pass one to get my job and randomly have to to keep my job… So sick of the handouts!!!

    • John Smith

      Yeah, MATTHEW, just give us your VIA number, and we’ll get started on those mandatory drug screens right away.

      Oh, and don’t you worry that Florida lost some big money when they tried this idiocy; surely there must be more drug-addicted welfare recipients in Iowa, right?

      • John Smith

        I think you may be on to something, there, Mr. LANKFORD. I’m sorry to say.

        It seems that many are more than willing to spend any amount of tax money to make certain that no other of their fellow citizens gets a dime that they don’t think is “deserved”. Really, I swear sometimes it would be far cheaper to throw a dollar off the roof, than to spend two dollars making sure some “undeserving” wretch didn’t get it.

    • Mark

      lol I bet you cant even figure out how much of your taxes goes to STATE AND FEDERAL AID
      FOR ALL THE WHINERS OUT THERE . USA GIVES more of your tax money to other countries SO far Pakistan has gotten$ 73.1 billion AND FOR SOME UNKNOWN REASON TURKEY GET 10 MILLION . Why not complain about that? I would rather the money stay in the USA and I dont really care if they are druggies or not. Most people on Medicaid and medicare are the ELDERLY . GO EDUCATED YOURSELF FIRST BEFORE COMPLAINING

    • bjertbjaeger

      As long as we test all welfare recipients for all drugs, go for it, and by the way start with the executives of Principal Financial Group. they apparently are crack smoking sociopaths.

  • Mark

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      • Torquemada

        When you spend that kind of money to support the rest of the world you cant afford to support your own people. In turn because you refuse to support your own people you then have to close mental health institutions because of a lack of funding. Imagine what a half a $TRILLION could do to help the American public.

  • Jane

    The comments are coming from people who have made assumptions. Imagine how the family feels. Sounds to me like WHO needed a STORY! Let’s get both sides…drugs? Then why weren’t they charged? I remember my dad always had a loaded shotgun growing up. So first get both STORY’S!!

  • Stacey

    I am so sick of parents doing this to children.I never really found love til my kids.I watch my kids grow everyday day.There are my love..What the hell is wrong with people\

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