A Missouri man has been charged with sexually assaulting and suffocating to death his 18-year-old honors student daughter, whose body was found in a motel back in March.
Jackson County prosecutors charged 40-year-old Jerry Bausby on Tuesday with first-degree murder, sodomy, incest and sexual abuse.
Bausby, of Kansas City, was taken into custody Tuesday night and was jailed Wednesday on $750,000 cash bond.
Online court records don’t show whether Bausby has an attorney to speak on his behalf. Bausby’s voicemail was not accepting messages Wednesday.
Bausby’s daughter, Daizsa Laye Bausby, was discovered dead at the 4 Acre Motel in Kansas City on March 21. The next day, she was reported missing by her mother.
Daizsa Bausby was an honors student who had been first in her class at Southwest High School. She ran track, played basketball, was a Junior ROTC member and captain of the cheerleading squad, reported the Kansas City Star.
‘Daizsa was someone that exceeded everyone’s expectations and she absolutely exceeded the expectations of her environment,’ said Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker. ‘She exceeded all obstacles that were placed in her way of which there were many.’
The girl’s father was apprehended in St Joseph a day after investigators received the results of DNA tests linking Jerry Bausby to evidence in the murder case, according to court records.
Daizsa was last seen alive at 8.30pm on March 20 when she left home after getting a call from her father.
At 9.30pm that night, Jerry Bausby rented a room at the 4 Acre Motel, and at around 3.30am the following morning a person matching his description was seen on surveillance video walking away from the direction of the inn.
Source: Daily Mail UK