Former Lee's Summit cop sues city following wife's death investigation

LEE'S SUMMIT, Mo. - Nearly five years after Misty Horner died inside of her Lee's Summit home after giving birth to a stillborn child, her husband, Caleb Horner is suing his former employer.

Caleb Horner was fired from his job as a Lee's Summit police officer after the investigation into his wife's death. Misty Horner and her husband Caleb's religion did not allow them to use doctors.  

For days, Misty's family and friends tried to intervene, to no avail.  The baby girl was a breached stillborn. Misty died of septic shock weeks later.  Christina Moore and Misty had been friends since the 5th grade.  She remembers visiting Misty and says the Caleb knew Misty was dying.

"Caleb was told, if she does not go to the hospital she will die.  So for 31 days ,she laid there and died, and this was a slow painful death,"said Caleb.

Moore and Misty's parents wanted justice for their daughter's death.  They were deeply saddened with the Jackson County prosecutor cleared Caleb of any wrongdoing.

However, Caleb was  released from his duties as a Lee's Summit police officer.

According to court records, in 2009 Caleb filed an employment discrimination lawsuit against the city of Lee's Summit.

In 2010, a judge dismissed the case. Caleb has since been granted an appeal on the judge's dismissal.

We talked to Lee's Summit mayor Randy Rhoades, but he would not comment on pending litigation.

Caleb Horner did not respond to our requests for an interview. 

Caleb Horner is also the defendant in a wrongful death lawsuit that was filed by Misty's parents.

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