A Clay County grand jury has accused a Holt, Mo., mother of murder in the death of her 19-month-old daughter.
By ROBERT A. CRONKLETON and GLENN E. RICE
The Kansas City Star
The grand jury charged 27-year-old Amberlyn June Farrow with second-degree murder and first-degree child endangerment.
Farrow’s daughter, Josslyn Crawford, drowned in a pond on family property in Holt. The grand jury alleges that Farrow knowingly created substantial risk when she took the child to the pond and failed to protect her from entering the water.
Fire and emergency crews were called to the home about 10 p.m. Oct. 16 and found relatives trying to resuscitate the child.
Josslyn was rushed to Liberty Hospital, but she could not be revived.
Relatives told fire officials the child had been unaccounted for for at least 30 minutes before she was found.
Farrow was arrested Tuesday evening and was being held in the Clay County jail, with bond set at $500,000.
Joshua Crawford, the child’s father, filed a wrongful-death civil lawsuit against Farrow and some of her relatives earlier this month in Clay County Circuit Court. Crawford alleges that Farrow failed to properly watch Josslyn.
In the suit, Crawford claimed that Farrow left Josslyn unattended around or near a pond on family property.
Crawford also claimed that the defendants failed to maintain a dock on the pond and didn’t have adequate lights around or near the pond.
He seeks more than $50,000 in damages.
Crawford declined to comment on the criminal charges, his attorney, Daniel Baylord, said Wednesday.