HOLTS SUMMIT - The Holts Summit Police Department said Thursday they have arrested and prosecutors have charged Megan Ayres and Bryan Sartor following the death of a nine-month-old boy. The Callaway County Prosecuting Attorney charged Ayres and Sartor with child endangerment, possession of drugs, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Ayres is the mother of the child and Sartor is her boyfriend, both of them new residents of Holts Summit. The child's cause of death is still unknown.
Emergency dispatchers got the 9-1-1 call from 964 South Summit Drive, lot 10 Wednesday at 11:07 a.m. The caller, Sartor, said the two-year-old was blue, not breathing and "beyond any help." When emergency crews arrived they realized it was actually the 9-month-old baby, and not the 2-year-old that had died. Investigators with the police department questioned Sartor and Ayres. The couple told police they put the baby to bed between 10 and 11 p.m. and didn't check on the child again until 11 a.m. the next morning, about 12 hours later.
Police officals said Sartor and Ayres admitted to using methamphetamines the night before they found the baby. Investigators removed three needles and small bags of white and brown powdery substances from the home. Police do not know yet if the needles were drug or medical related, as Ayres is diabetic. Those items have been sent to the state crime lab for testing. Both Ayres and Sartor are held at the Callaway County Jail on a $25,000 bond each. They will be arraigned Friday at 1:30 p.m.
Lieutenant Bryan Reid said the autopsy and toxicology report for the child could take several weeks. After that, there could be additional charges filed.
Neighbors told KOMU 8 Sartor and Ayres kept to themselves, having only moved in June 1st. They did not have air conditioning in the trailer home.
There was a two-year-old girl in the home who was put into protective custody by workers from Missouri Social Services.