Mother arrested in connection to Rice County shootings

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Erin Baker (Barton Co. Sheriff's Office) Erin Baker (Barton Co. Sheriff's Office)
Sheriff Bryant Evans (Left), Undersheriff Chad Murphy, and James Madden Sheriff Bryant Evans (Left), Undersheriff Chad Murphy, and James Madden

The Kansas Bureau of Investigation has arrested a Rice County woman for her involvement in the April 2019 shootings of the Rice County sheriff and undersheriff.

27-year-old Erin Baker was arrested Wednesday morning by the Barton County Sheriff's Office at her Ellinwood home at 517 East 5th Street. She was arrested for interference with a law enforcement officer, aggravated child endangerment, and obstruction of apprehension.

Baker is accused of putting her 7-year-old child in danger by staying in a relationship with David Madden, who she knew was a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. The continued relationship would ultimately result in the child being with madden when he shot the undersheriff. 

Baker is also accused of leaving the scene and not notifying authorities of Madden's crimes, which hindered the investigation into the shootings of the undersheriff and sheriff and the murder of Madden's father, Thomas Madden. 

Baker was booked into the Barton County Jail. 

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