At approximately 6:04 p.m., on July 13, 2015, the Chariton County Sheriff’s Department received a call of an unresponsive two-year-old female who had been found in a private residential swimming pool in Keytesville, Missouri. The child was transported to a hospital in Columbia, Missouri, and is listed in critical condition.

An investigation of the incident is on-going by the Chariton County Sheriff’s Department and the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control. As a result, Jessie J. Patino, 21, of Keytesville, Missouri, (stepfather of the victim) was arrested on a Chariton County warrant for endangering the welfare of a child. He is currently being held in the Chariton County Jail on a $7,500 bond. Kynzie M. Patino, 19, of Keytesville, Missouri, (mother of the victim) was arrested on a Chariton County warrant for endangering the welfare of a child. She is currently being held in the Boone County Jail on a $7,500 bond.

The charges for which the individuals were arrested are mere accusations and are not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of the charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.

Press release from the Missouri State Highway Patrol

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