Suspect in deadly Springfield assault charged; police identify woman and boy killed

Published: Jan. 1, 2021 at 11:09 AM CST|Updated: Jan. 1, 2021 at 6:28 PM CST
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (KY3) - The Springfield Police Department identified a woman and child killed in an assault Thursday afternoon, while the suspect was formally charged Friday.

Police say Stephanie Plumb, 32, and Dylan Moore, 13, were killed in an assault in west Springfield. Next of kin have been notified.

Brandon C. King, a 29-year-old man from Springfield, faces two counts of first degree murder, one count of child abuse resulting in death, two counts of first degree assault, two counts of abuse of a child, and seven counts of armed criminal action.

Officers responded to the 2000 block of West Scott Street around 1 p.m. Thursday after learning of an assault in progress.

Upon arrival, officers found two girls, ages 7 and 14, who came out of the home. The children, both who suffered stab wounds, informed law enforcement there were others inside the home.

When officers went into the home, they found two people, later identified as Plumb and Moore, who died from injuries in the assault.

Authorities did not identify either of the girls stabbed, but say both were treated for their injuries at local hospitals. Police say the 14-year-old is in critical, but stable condition, and the 7-year-old is in stable condition.

A witness observed the suspect leaving the West Scott Street area, while police received several calls about a man wearing bloody clothing near the area of Division and LaFontaine. Officers set up a perimeter around the area in response, tracking down King in the 1400 block of North Brown Avenue within two hours of the assault. He was taken into custody and initially sent to the hospital for medical treatment.

King is accused of killing his girlfriend and one of her children while attempting to kill two other children who were present in the home, according to Greene County Prosecuting Attorney Dan Patterson. He is being held at the Greene County Jail without bond.

According to a probable cause statement released Friday, King was facing a new criminal charge in Christian County and he was planning to “kill everyone in the house,” steal a van and leave Missouri. Court records show a history of criminal charges in Greene County dating back to 2011. Per the probable cause statement, he admitted to stabbing multiple people in an interview with law enforcement.

Following the deadly assault, the Springfield Police Department reports 29 violent deaths in Springfield in 2020. Twenty of those, including the deaths of Plumb and Moore, have been classified as murder under the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) rules.

The Springfield Police Department continues to investigate. If you have any additional information of the incident, contact Springfield police at 417-864-1810 or Crime Stoppers at 417-869-TIPS (8477).

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