MAUNIE – An assault between a man, a woman and two female juveniles happened in Maunie early Sunday morning leading to preliminary charges being filed against the man.
According to the White County Sheriff’s Office, around 5:10 a.m., Deputy Michael Brown was sent to a home in Maunie in reference to the assault.
Deputy Brown was advised while on his way to the scene that one of the adults, identified as James Kueber, had fled the home on foot with one of the juvenile females into a corn field west of the railroad tracks in Maunie.
Due to the weather and how cold it was, Deputy Brown was assisted by a Carmi (KAHR-meye) Police officer to assist in finding Kueber and the juvenile female in a timely manner.
Deputy Brown began gathering information from the incident and learned that Kueber had allegedly laid hands on all females involved.
An assault complaint was signed against Kueber by the adult female and from the mother of one of the juvenile females.
Deputy Brown advised Sheriff Jordan Weiss of the situation and it was determined that a canvass was to be done to locate both Kueber and the female juvenile to get them to safety and out of the weather. Sheriff Weiss arrived on scene to assist.
Upon arriving on scene, the Carmi Police officer and Deputy Brown had located both individuals.
Kueber was transported to the White County Jail where he is being held on preliminary charges of Assault and Endangering the Life of a Minor. The female juvenile was transported to the sheriff’s office. Both Kueber and the juvenile were evaluated by White County EMS and cleared.
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services was contacted and advised of the incident. The female juvenile was released back into the care of family.