Mansfield: Abducted baby found safe after mom killed in shooting

MANSFIELD - The homicide victim in Wednesday night shooting on Brookwood Way North has been identified as Kaitlyn Carroll-Peak, according to Richland County coroner's investigator Bob Ball.

Carroll-Peak, 22, was pronounced dead at 8 p.m. Wednesday by the coroner's office, Ball said. An autopsy on her body is being performed  at the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner's Office.

Law enforcement authorities Wednesday night had identified Dakota M. Steagall, 20, as the suspect in Caroll-Peak's shooting death and also said he had also abducted the woman's 7-week-old baby. After a manhunt by multiple law enforcement agencies, Steagall  apparently committed suicide in his car on an exit ramp in Wooster at U.S. 30 and Ohio 3, according to the Daily Record of Wooster.

Mansfield police Capt. Shari Robert issued a press release shortly after 2 a.m. Thursday saying the child had been located and was safe.  A press conference is scheduled for 2 p.m. today for an update on the homicide and abduction case, she said.

About a dozen Mansfield police reports detail a history of domestic disputes over the last two years between Steagall and Carroll-Peak. In February of last year, Steagall was the center of a stand-off on Brookwood Way North that ended peacefully.

Copyright: Mansfield Journal


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