COUNCIL GROVE – She nailed her 16-year-old daughter’s bedroom window shut.
That didn’t work.
She struggled with the girl and her 21-year-old boyfriend to keep her from leaving with him.
That didn’t work either.
So she grabbed her varmint rifle, chambered a round and took aim at the right rear tire as he sped out of their driveway.
Now, high school physics and chemistry teacher and mom Karen Vondemkamp faces two felony counts for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and one felony count for aggravated battery in January trial even though, she said she fired into the ground.
“As I aimed at his tire … I just decided not to go ahead and fire at the tire. I thought ‘what if I missed’ … I thought this probably isn’t the right thing to do, so I lowered the gun, and my finger still pulled on the trigger more out of frustration than anything.”
She could spend a year in prison and pay a $100,000 fine and lose her teaching license.
For months Vondemkamp said she told Hannah she could date Allenbaugh only if they were supervised.
She said she told the girl he could hang out that evening at home, and even offered to order pizza.
Apparently upset with those restrictions, Allenbaugh dropped Hannah off.
Vondemkamp confronted her. She said she grabbed Hannah’s arm to turn her around to talk to her, and Hannah flipped her onto the bed. They struggled.
When Vondemkamp left the room, Hannah texted Allenbaugh to call 911. But, he returned to the home, according to court records.
Minutes later Vondemkamp returned to confiscate Hannah’s communication devices.
According to police reports Allenbaugh arrived minutes later. Mother and daughter battled at the front door. Allenbaugh used his foot and “put my weight into the door a little bit.” Vondemkamp was trying to keep the door locked and asked Allenbaugh to go away.
With a 50 lb. weight advantage, Allenbaugh restrained Vondemkamp. Hannah ran to his car.
After Vondemkamp smacked a window on Allenbaugh’s car and asked her daughter not to leave, Allenbaugh restrained Vondemkamp again, which allowed Hannah to walk away.
When he let Vondemkamp go, she ran to get her .223 caliber single-shot rifle. With Hannah perhaps a hundred yards away and the car much closer, Vondemkamp – an experienced hunter — briefly contemplated shooting out a tire.
Council Grove police and the Morris County sheriff never found the bullet.
Allenbaugh admitted in his own testimony to forcefully entering her home and restraining Vondemkamp three times, yet he was never charged.
Vondemkamp’s view is “they kind of ignored everything I said and believed everything they [Hannah and Allenbaugh] said.” She said she wonders what happened to her rights as a parent.
One police report showed Vondemkamp as a victim and Hannah as suspect but apparently was ignored when charges were filed.
The Attorney General’s office accepted the case for prosecution but did not respond to requests for comment.
For more details from police reports and interviews with Vondemkamp and Allenbaugh, read the two-part story:
- Mom’s perspective of felony charges for gun discharge
- Mom faces felony charges: perspective of daughter, boyfriend, and law enforcement
Documents cited above
- Kansas Standard Offense Report showing Karen Vondemkamp victim and Hannah Vondemkamp suspect, April 20, 2010.
- Partial Transcript of Preliminary Hearing, State of Kansas v. Karen Vondemkamp, June 14, 2010.
- Amended Complaint, State of Kansas v. Karen Vondemkamp, June 16, 2010.
Contact: Earl F Glynn, firstname.lastname@example.org, KansasWatchdog.org