Dallas County, Missouri woman charged with endangering child welfare

DALLAS COUNTY, Mo. (KY3) – Crystal Boyd faces two counts of endangering a child’s well-being after lab results showed her baby tested positive for methamphetamine .

“MPs answered the call of a 32-year-old woman who had given birth to a baby and could not pass the placenta,” Sheriff Scott Rice said.

The case dates back to October 2020 when her baby was born. When the paramedics arrived at the house, there was no baby.

“She gave birth and the alleged father hid the baby in another location,” Sheriff Rice said.

DNA evidence testing delayed the charges. According to investigators, the alleged father, Justin Baker, took the baby to a house on Airport Road.

When investigators, along with the Family Services Division, got there and they found the baby. Documents reveal that a man of the household named Dale Baker said the baby was taken there to prevent the Department of Children and Family Services from taking the baby.

Boyd has five other children who are all in state care.

Investigators say Boyd did not want to take the baby to the hospital. Finally, she agreed. Investigators say Justin Baker did not want to board the ambulance with the baby, so one of the investigators took custody of the baby.

According to police, once in the ambulance, the baby had low oxygen levels and was eventually diagnosed with pneumonia and had to be admitted to intensive care.

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