Crime & Courts

Derby police identify woman who died Sunday

The Derby woman who died Sunday morning was identified Monday as Lonnie Staggs, 44, Derby Police Chief Robert Lee said.

In addition, Lee said Derby detectives were in Missouri on Monday meeting with local law enforcement to discuss the extradition of Charles A. Beck, who was arrested Sunday night in connection with the stabbing of Staggs’ 15-year-old son.

Her son was released from the hospital Sunday after he was stabbed in the throat at about 10 a.m. at their home in the 1400 block of North Nixon, near K-15 and 71st Street South.

Beck, 40, was arrested 12 hours later in Missouri on suspicion of attempted homicide in connection with the stabbing of the boy. He is in the custody of Missouri authorities.

Staggs died at Wesley Medical Center after police found her and her son at the scene.

Lee said he wouldn’t discuss how Staggs died until he talks to the Sedgwick County coroner’s office on Tuesday. Previously he said her death was “obviously very suspicious.”

The name of the 15-year-old boy is being withheld because he’s a juvenile. According to neighbors, Staggs also had a daughter, about 8 or 9, living at the house.

No details of Beck’s arrest, including where he was arrested, were available Monday.

“I need to catch up with my detectives (to get that information),” Lee said.

He said he didn’t know how long it would be before Beck could be brought back to Kansas from Missouri.

“If he doesn’t waive extradition,” Lee said, “it could be a long process.”

Beck was a friend of Staggs’ and was living with her in Derby, Lee said previously.

Beck has previous convictions dating to 2006 for violation of a protection order and for drug possession and has served time in prison.

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