Girl, 6, killed in Cecil County

August 11, 1993|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,Staff Writer

A 6-year-old girl was killed during a domestic dispute yesterday in Cecil County when a man shot a woman and the slug passed through the woman's body and hit the child in the head, police said.

When state police arrived at the home in the 200 block of Hopewell Road in Rising Sun at 12:55 p.m., they found Kimberly Michelle Rice dead and Karen Poe, 27, wounded in the stomach, state police spokesman Mike McKelvin said.

Mrs. Poe was flown to the Maryland Shock Trauma Center in Baltimore where she was in serious condition last night, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Mrs. Poe's husband, James Allen Poe, 29, was being held last night by Pennsylvania State Police at the Avondale barracks in Chester County, charged in warrants with first-degree murder and assault with intent to murder. He was to be returned today to Cecil County, Mr. McKelvin said.

Police said Mr. Poe arrived about 12:45 p.m. at the Hopewell Road address where his estranged wife lives with her boyfriend, Dwayne Rice, and Mr. Rice's children, including Kimberly. Mr. Poe and his wife began arguing when she refused to let him see their children, police said. Mr. Poe then went to his car and returned with a single-barrel shotgun, firing one shot that went through Mrs. Poe's stomach and hit Kimberly in the head, police said.

Four of Mrs. Poe's children, another child belonging to Mr. Rice and another adult were in the home, police said. After the shooting, Mr. Poe got into his older model blue Mustang and drove off. Police said he threw the shotgun out the car window and two youths found it and told police.

Mr. Poe was picked up a short time later by Pennsylvania troopers in Chester County -- just over the Maryland border -- who heard Maryland State Police broadcast a lookout for the car, authorities said.

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