Springfield man says he “kicked in door” to save injured child in deadly stabbings

Published: Jan. 2, 2021 at 12:46 AM CST
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It was a devastating sight to drive up to.

“She looked like she was covered in mud,” said Cori Arb.

Cori Arb and his friend realized it was actually blood covering the teenaged girl.

”I asked if she was all right and she said no, somebody was attacking her mom,” said Arb.

They immediately dialed 911. While his friend helped the wounded teen, Cori rushed to the house the girl came from.

”Right then I ran up to the door and started banging on it. I said don’t hurt any of the kids. I heard the little girl screaming and I kicked the door in,” said Arb.

Arb said a woman, who Springfield Police identified as Stephanie Plumb, was lying on the floor covered in blood and unresponsive with her other daughter next to her crying. He said there was also a man.

”I remember looking right at him dead in the face. It’s hard to picture it. He dropped something in his hand,” said Arb.

He ran from the home after being spotted by Arb who pulled the seven-year-old to safety. She’d also been stabbed.

”I don’t think she’d still be alive if I wouldn’t of grabbed her,” said Arb.

Police also found her 13-year-old brother dead in another part of the home. Brandon King was arrested a few blocks over and he was charged with first-degree murder for the death of Plumb and her son Dylan Moore along with the assaults of the girls.

”I just hope her older sister survived, said Arb.

Now Arb is still wrapping his mind around the events that unfolded.

”I had nightmares all night. It’s unreal. I can’t get the girl screaming out of my head or the picture of the mom,” said Arb.

He is also thinking of the two girls.

”I want to drop by a couple of little kid toys I went and got. I’m not sure where even to take them too. The little girl didn’t want me to leave her sight the whole time after I grabbed her,” said Arb.

Police say the 14-year-old victim is in critical but stable condition. The 7-year-old victim is in stable condition.

According to court records, King told detectives he was facing new charges in Christian County and wanted to steal money and a van to drive out of state. He told them he didn’t want any witnesses, and decided the day before to quote “kill everyone in the house” telling detectives he did it while everyone was asleep.

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.

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