Man who allegedly killed daughter barred from attending funeral

Jan. 16, 2014 at 4:42 PM
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CINCINNATI, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- A judge in Cincinnati refused Thursday to allow a man charged with shooting his daughter to death while he was drunk to be released from jail for her funeral.

Also Thursday, Hamilton County, Ohio, Prosecuting Attorney Joe Deters said new charges will be filed against Deandre Kelley, WCPO-TV, Cincinnati, reported.

Deters suggested the mother of Achauntiara "Shanti" Lanza, shares responsibility for the 11-year-old girl's death Sunday because she refused to cooperate with police in earlier domestic violence cases.

"This is the end of the road for this enabling," Deters said. "He needs to be in jail and the rest of them should be looking in the mirror for the reason this little girl is dead."

Prosecutors say Kelley, who had returned to the house after Shanti's mother had kicked him out, fired two shots as he departed the second time. One shot hit Shanti, who was hiding in an upstairs bedroom.

Judge Nadine Allen refused to grant Kelley a pass for the funeral Saturday, CNN reported. Kelley's lawyer, Hugh McCloskey Jr., said the judge was concerned about security and the possibility someone might try to harm his client.

McCloskey said Shanti's mother wants Kelley at the funeral.

"This is a family unit, whether we like it or not," he said. "They're suffering right now. In order to start healing, it's something they need to go through together."

An indictment Thursday charged Kelley with involuntary manslaughter, reckless homicide, endangering children and possession of a weapon after being convicted on a drug charge, WCPO reported.

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