12-year-old charged with involuntary manslaughter after brother found buried near home

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A Kansas City family dealt with a series of losses this week, after a 14-year-old boy was allegedly shot dead by his younger brother. The 12-year-old now faces one count each of first-degree involuntary manslaughter and abandonment of a corpse.

The boy was charged Friday. A 16-year-old was also charged with abandonment of a corpse in the case.

The charges stem from the death of 14-year-old Montee Ross, who was reported missing on Monday, April 22.

His body was found buried in a cul-de-sac Wednesday morning near his family's home in the 11500 block of Food Lane. Officers made the grim discovery after seeing his hand poking through the makeshift grave.

The boys' mother, Alicia Temple, said she was devastated now that one son is dead and another in custody.

"Now I have to deal with not only one, but with two. So I'm asking everybody for your prayers, for your strength," she said Friday.

While there's been no word on how her 12-year-old son obtained a gun, Temple said there was a lesson to be learned from the tragedy.

"We need to get our children together and let them know the safety of gun playing," she said.

The two juveniles aren't the only ones in custody for Montee's death.

Jonathon Davis, 17, was also charged with abandonment of a corpse in the case Friday. He is being tried as an adult.

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Davis told police Montee died after he was accidentally shot by his 12-year-old brother. Davis said he and another juvenile, the 16-year-old who was also charged, hid Montee's body in the basement before burying him near the home.

The 16-year-old lived in the home with Montee, but it's unclear if they were related.

Temple said she forgives everyone involved.

"This is a tragedy. Every family is suffering," she said. "I know it was an accident. I forgive them. I forgive all of them."

Both juveniles are being held at the Jackson County Juvenile Detention Center. Because they are minors, any future hearings in the case will be closed to the public.

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