Man charged with child endangerment, resisting arrest

A Jefferson City man already wanted on an outstanding warrant was charged Friday with resisting arrest, a felony, and with endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor.

Eddie Bernard Ross, 31, 605 Mulberry St., was being held in the Cole County Jail without the possibility of a bond.

A Jefferson City police probable cause statement said a witness told them Ross was wanted on “a no bond dangerous drug warrant” issued by Cole County, and would be a passenger in a certain car driving to the Mulberry Street apartments.

An officer said he did not see Ross in the car when he first made a traffic stop, because he was “hiding in the rear passenger seats.”

When the officer left the car to check with the original witness, he said, “The defendant exited the right rear of the vehicle ... holding (redacted) in front of his body. Once identified as the subject with the warrants, the defendant tossed (redacted) at officers and he began to flee.”

The police statement has five places where one or more words have been blacked out, that appear to be references to the child — possibly a name — in the misdemeanor charge.

The charge itself includes only initials, that also have been blacked out.

The police report said Ross told officers he “was aware he had a warrant and that he was not ready to go to jail (but) wanted to see his sick son before he turned himself in.”

When asked why he “tossed (redacted) at officers,” the police statement said Ross “stated ... he tried to sit her down,” adding, “I wasn’t trying to hurt her, I just knew I was going to jail.”

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