David Collins and Darryl Kennedy, pictured above, are two crack head con artists that recently hit a baby with a bat, killing her. To make matters worse, this sad turn of events all happened while the infant was at church with her family.
Aundrea Brownlow’s father says he’s forgiven the man who came to Thy Kingdom Come World Ministries swinging a baseball bat……that landed a fatal blow to the 14-month-old girl’s head. Her death marked a tragic end to an argument over a $20 debt and a donated washer and dryer. Still, some residents of Wheaton, a town of about 1,400 near Minnesota’s border with the Dakotas, say greater scrutiny of the church and its pastor’s criminal history are needed to prevent future confrontations.
David Collins, 50, of Wheaton, is charged with two counts of second-degree murder in Aundrea’s death last Thursday. He also faces charges of attempted second-degree murder and second-degree assault against her father, Claude Hankins. The men had argued earlier over $20 and the washer and dryer given to Hankins by the Rev. Danny Barnes, who started the church nearly five years ago as a welcoming place for people down on their luck. “I was very angry at first, which I believe is part of the initial shock,” Hankins said inside the church where fellow church members prepared for his daughter’s Wednesday funeral. “What happens if you keep that anger in you and you don’t forgive somebody, it’s going to stop you from having a productive anything.”
Darryl Kennedy, 42, of Wheaton, is also charged with second-degree assault in the case. Authorities said Kennedy loaned Collins the baseball bat and later showed up at the church, swinging at Hankins with a 4-foot-long 2×4. Collins and Kennedy, who are in custody, have been granted public defenders but were not immediately assigned attorneys. Barnes said he planned to “attack the true culprit in this particular incident” in his Wednesday eulogy for Aundrea.
“We believe that it was the spirit of addiction,” he said. “It was enhanced by alcohol and drugs.” Hankins said he could “smell the alcohol reeking off” Collins on the day of the attack and Barnes also said Collins appeared to be under the influence. Collins’ wife, Melissa, said Tuesday night that her husband had no comment. Barnes, 53, touts Thy Kingdom Come’s yearlong program to help people, especially those battling addiction, clean up their lives. He said there are about 70 registered members, many of whom were referred to the church by shelters, jails, hospitals, treatment programs and other agencies.
Forgiving that clucker would be a hard feat for us, especially so close to the death. R.I.P.