Family of homicide victim, Kinzlea Kilgore link Greene County man to her death

GREENE COUNTY, Mo. A Greene County man is behind bars, accused of beating and torturing his 8 year-old daughter.

Kenneth Davis is charged with 7 felony counts of child abuse and neglect.

"That is evilness. That is all I can, it's just evilness," said Joe Daniel.

He was horrified to hear that a young girl was severely beaten by Davis according to police.

"The investigation is completed. Barbara Viets has had the case for about three weeks now. She really hasn't done anything," he said.

Daniel's niece, Kinzlea Kilgore died from severe head injuries in May. Buffalo Police investigated her death as a homicide but Dallas County Prosecutor, Barbara Viets has not charged anyone in Kinzlea's case.

"Kenneth Davis. He's locked up right now for beating his 8 year-old daughter. He's one of the people that was present during Kinzlea's death," said Daniel.

He said his whole family believes beyond a doubt that Davis is responsible for killing Kinzlea.

"He shouldn't even have been out. The little girl that was beaten Saturday night may have not have been beaten," he said.

Davis was arrested during a traffic stop early Sunday morning after a family member called 911 to have a well-being check done for a child.

According to court documents the young girl is Davis' own daughter. He told deputies he didn't know she existed until about a year ago.

Authorities said Davis claimed the girl's injuries were caused by multiple falls.

Also that she was missing hair because he found a tick on her scalp and pulled it out along with a few strands.

Her lip swelled up after he had to slam on the breaks of the vehicle he was driving.

The child was also found with cuts on her face. Davis said she got those injuries when she jumped a fence and hit a tree branch.

The child told deputies a different story.

Her written statement said that Davis hit her in the face and head. She also said that he grabbed and choked her around her neck. The child told authorities that he also hit her with a belt and pulled her hair out.

Deputies questioned other people in the house where the child was found. They confirm that they actually saw Davis abusing the little girl.

"All the heart break connected to her family, another family is going through it," said Daniel.

Davis will remain in the Greene County Jail unless he posts bond set at $100,000. He's entered a plea of not guilty and will be in court next month.

The Greene County Prosecutor has asked that if found guilty of these charges, that Davis spend extra time in prison because he's already been convicted on two other felony charges.

Davis has not been charged in Kinzlea Kilgore's death.