Man charged in chase in which Kansas girl died

Cadence Harris, Courtesy - KSHB

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — An eastern Kansas man is charged with first-degree murder after an abduction and police chase ended in the death of a 5-year-old girl.

Marcus McGowan (KSN File Photo)
Marcus McGowan (KSN File Photo)

Thirty-year-old Marcas McGowan, of Atchison, was also charged Wednesday with aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, criminal possession of a firearm, aggravated endangering of a child and trying to elude authorities.

Leavenworth County prosecutor Todd Thompson announced at a news conference that McGowan appeared in court early Wednesday and had the charges read to him. He’s being held in the Leavenworth County jail.

Authorities say McGowan abducted Cadence Harris on Friday from a home they shared with the girl’s mother in Atchison. Cadence was found dead in McGowan’s car after a police chase ended with McGowan being shot when he pointed a gun at officers.

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