Charges filed in connection with child death in Holts Summit

Charges were filed Thursday against the mother of a nine-month old boy found dead in a Holts Summit mobile home, Wednesday.

Court documents show Megan Ayers, 30, and her boyfriend, Bryan Sartor, 33, are each charged with endangering the welfare of a child, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to Holts Summit police reports, on Wednesday at 11:07 a.m., a 911 call was received from 964 South Summit Drive, lot 10.

The caller told the dispatcher there was a child that was blue and not breathing. The caller also stated that the child was "beyond any help."

Emergency personnel from the Callaway County Ambulance District and the Holts Summit Fire Protection District arrived on scene within minutes of the call and found a nine-month old child dead in a playpen type enclosure in the residence.

There were red marks on the child’s face on the right side near the upper cheek and around the right eye.

There was also a red mark below the child’s lower lip.

It was later determined that the child had been deceased for “quite some time” by the time authorities had been called to the scene.

Autopsy results on the child are not expected back for several weeks.

Authorities said they would have to see those results before determining whether more charges should be filed against the couple.

Ayers and Sartor said the child was put to bed sometime between 10 p.m. and 11 p.m. Tuesday night.

Sartor said when he checked on the children at 11:05 a.m. Wednesday morning, the nine-month-old boy was lying on his back, not breathing, and was blue.

This indicated the children hadn’t been checked on for over 12 hours.

During further questioning, both Ayers and Sartor admitted to using methamphetamines on Tuesday.

Investigators removed several needles, a baggy containing a white powdery substance, a baggy containing a brown powdery substance and other items from the residence for testing at the state crime lab.

The remaining child in the residence, a two-year-old girl, was placed into protective custody by workers from Missouri Social Services, Children's Division.

Lt. Bryan Reid with the Holts Summit Police Department said it was their understanding that the couple had only been in town for a few weeks and that they had lived in Boone and Cole Counties prior to coming to Holts Summit.

"A child or infant in distress call is every law officer's nightmare," he said. "We carry these type of cases with us for the rest of our lives."

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