Man charged in deaths of woman, her toddler, 2 men

Man charged in deaths of woman, her toddler, 2 men

May 10th, 2013 by Associated Press in Local - Breaking News

This photo provided by The Kansas Department of Corrections shows Kyle Flack. Flack, a convicted felon, has been charged with capital murder, first-degree murder and other charges in the deaths of a woman and two men whose bodies were found at an eastern Kansas farm home, according to a criminal complaint released Friday, May 10, 2013.

Photo by Associated Press/Times Free Press.

OTTAWA, Kan. - A 27-year-old convicted felon was charged Friday in the deaths of a woman and two men whose bodies were found at an eastern Kansas farm home earlier this week, according to a criminal complaint.

Kyle Flack also faces charges in the death of the woman's young daughter, whose body hasn't been found. Authorities say they presume 18-month-old Lana Leigh Bailey is dead and the search for her remains continues.

Flack was charged with capital murder in the deaths of 21-year-old Kaylie Bailey, Lana Bailey and 30-year-old Andrew Stout, according to the complaint. He was charged with multiple counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of those three as well as 31-year-old Steven White.

Franklin County Attorney Stephen Hunting said prosecutors haven't determined whether to seek the death penalty in the case. Hunting said the decision is not something that authorities "take lightly."

Flack also faces charges of rape and criminal possession of a firearm. He remained jailed Friday after an afternoon court appearance in which he was formally charged. He was appointed an attorney, Ronald Evans of Topeka, in court. Evans' office was closed late Friday afternoon.

Flack was arrested earlier this week and was being held on suspicion of first-degree murder in the deaths. He previously served prison time for shooting a former employer in 2005 after being fired, according to court records.

The body of Kaylie Bailey of Olathe was discovered Monday at the Ottawa-area farm where she had gone to drop off her daughter with her friend, Stout.

Friends who went to check on Stout found Bailey's body and called 911. Authorities later found Stout's body as well as White's. Stout and White both lived on the farm.

White was killed between April 20 and April 28, and Bailey, her daughter and Stout were killed between April 28 and May 6, according to the criminal complaint.

Crews on foot, horseback and all-terrain vehicles resumed their search Friday for 18-month-old Lana Bailey. Franklin County Sheriff Jeffrey Richards has said the girl is presumed dead, but has not released any details.

"We plan to continue until we get a full resolution to this case," Richards said Friday.

Franklin County officials waited until they had identified Kaylie Bailey's body before requesting Wednesday afternoon that the Kansas Bureau of Investigation issue an Amber Alert for her missing daughter. The girl's disappearance had been widely reported by that time, and the agency rejected what they called a "delayed" request. The bureau did help disseminate information about Lana to the public, though.

Amber Alerts are issued in Kansas for children who are up to 17 years old or who have a proven mental or physical disability; law enforcement must believe the child is in danger of serious bodily harm or death; or there must be information to disseminate to the general public that could assist the recovery of the victim or apprehension of the suspect.

Richards has said officials didn't think Lana's disappearance qualified for an Amber Alert until Kaylie Bailey's body was identified, noting that the girl was in her mother's care at the time of her disappearance last week.

"Maybe they had an idea of a lead that they felt would pan out," retired FBI special agent Jeff Lanza said. "But normally when you have a missing baby you put something out right away. I'm not sure what was going on behind that."