The preliminary hearing for an Eldon woman accused of child endangerment and drug distribution after calling for help for her unresponsive two-month-old baby has been set for Aug. 12, to allow sufficient time for results from drug tests.
Elizabeth Burnett was arrested last month after placing an emergency call for help after finding her infant son unresponsive. Police and fire personnel were called to the apartment where Burnett lived on Maple Street in Eldon on April 4. She is currently free on bond.
The apartment where the two-month-old baby boy was found was littered with used syringes, pot, narcotics, an undisclosed amount of cash and packaging materials generally associated with drug distribution, according to court documents filed by Missouri Highway Patrol investigators.
The baby was transported by ambulance to a lake area hospital where he was pronounced dead. A three-year-old child was removed from the apartment and turned over to family members.
Burnett, along with the infant's father, Graham Bond, were taken into custody and held on $100,000 bond each on drug, distribution and child endangerment charges.
Burnett's bond was reduced during a recent court hearing. After posting bond, she was released from custody.
Bond had a prior drug charge out of Cole County. He remains in jail.
According to the court documents, officers entering the apartment were able to smell pot as they opened the door.
Once inside, they found "heavy evidence" to indicate the occupants of the residence were involved in distributing illegal drugs.
After obtaining a search warrant, officers removed narcotics, scales, packaging materials, spoons and other related items from the apartment.