UPDATE: $5 million bond for suspect in deaths of mom, 3 kids

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PARSONS, Kan. -- The man suspected in the deaths of a southeast Kansas woman and her three children is being held on a $5 million bond.

Labette District Judge Robert Fleming signed an order Wednesday that gives prosecutors until Dec. 10 to file charges against the 22-year-old man who was arrested late Tuesday. He was arrested late Tuesday in connection with the killing of 29-year-old Cami Umbarger and her children, ages 9, 6, and 4.

Independence Police Chief Harry Smith says the man was arrested while walking along a street Tuesday talking on his cellphone to a friend who'd alerted police about the man's whereabouts.

Details of his capture emerged Wednesday. More than 100 law enforcement officers from numerous agencies were involved in the manhunt.

Smith says officers spotted the suspect shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday about a block from the local hospital. His clothes were soaking wet and frozen.

Cami Umbarger's cousin, Tara Umbarger of Fredonia, said Wednesday that her cousin met the suspect around the end of September and had gone out with him a couple of times. She says he had been stalking her.

The Associated Press contributed to this report


A 22-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the deaths of a woman and her three children in southeast Kansas.

According to the Kansas Attorney General's Office, David Cornell Bennett, Jr., was arrested in Independence Tuesday night.

Cornell was wanted in connection with the deaths of a Parsons woman and her three children.

The victims have been identified as 29-year-old Cami Umbarger and her three children. According to the Kansas Missing and Unsolved Facebook page, their names are Avery, Jaxon and Hollie.

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation, the Parsons Police Department and other agencies are investigating the deaths.

Other information has not yet been made available, but KOAM-TV reports that the Parsons Police Department received a call on Monday for a well-being check on the woman and children.

KAKE News has a crew tracking the story. Check back for updates.


Courtesy: KOAM-TV

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