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Man arrested in Missouri in Kansas attack

Published on -9/3/2013, 7:04 AM

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DERBY -- A convicted felon sought in a Kansas woman's death and her son's knife attack has turned himself in to Missouri authorities.

Texas County, Mo., Sheriff James Sigman said Charles Alfred Beck was jailed Monday on $1 million bond on an attempted first-degree murder warrant from Sedgwick County, Kan. Beck, 40, who also has an outstanding warrant from Pulaski County, Mo., on a traffic offense, doesn't yet have an attorney.

He was taken into custody around 9:30 p.m. Sunday at a relative's home after he called authorities and said he was ready to surrender, Sigman said. His arrest happened about 12 hours after authorities in the south-central Kansas town of Derby, about 300 miles to the west, responded to a call about a disturbance.

The mother and son were rushed to a hospital, where the mother was pronounced dead and the teen was treated and released for serious neck wounds. Derby Police Chief Robert Lee didn't release their names. He said an autopsy will be performed Tuesday to determine how the mother died. For now, Beck is a person of interest in her death.

Lee said Beck had been living with the family.

The attack set off a frantic search for Beck, and the public was warned that he should be considered to be armed and dangerous.

According to Kansas Department of Correction records, Beck was sentenced to prison in 2006 for violation of a protection order, drug possession and battery of a corrections officer. He was cited behind bars for offenses that included fighting and theft before he was paroled in 2011. He was released from parole on Wednesday, state records said.

Sigman said Beck could make his first court appearance as soon as Tuesday. He said Sedgwick County is seeking to have him extradited.

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