Suspect charged in carjacking involving 18-month-old

Posted at 12:51 PM, Dec 31, 2017
and last updated 2018-01-02 15:33:30-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A man has been charged in a carjacking where an 18-month-old boy was in the car. 

Kenneth  A. Alexander, 37, is charged with child kidnapping and stealing a motor vehicle.

Just after 11 a.m. on Dec. 31, 2017, police were called to a carjacking at 35th & Prospect.

According to court documents, the owner of the car went into a beauty salon and left her four children in the car — ages 9, 8, 2 and 18 months.

Alexander then allegedly got into the driver's side of the car. The 9-year-old asked if she could get the youngest out of the car but Alexander allegedly said no and drove off.

Shortly after noon, Belton police notified Kansas City that the vehicle was located near Scott and Hargis with the small boy inside. Alexander was then taken into custody. 

According to court documents, Alexander admitted to the Belton officer that he stole the vehicle and needed directions back to Kansas City. He allegedly told officers that he took the vehicle after getting into an argument with his girlfriend.

He also allegedly said that the child was his stepson and said the child's name was "Johnny Cash."

Belton police said it appeared that he was under the influence of narcotics at the time of his arrest and he later fought with multiple detention officers at the Jackson County Detention Center. 

Prosecutors have requested a $75,000 bond.