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Prosecutors charge father in beating death of 12-year-old son at Bolivar, Mo. residence

Police say the boy was attacked from behind
Published: Aug. 17, 2020 at 8:32 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 17, 2020 at 8:34 AM CDT
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BOLIVAR, Mo. (KY3) -

Polk County prosecutors charged a father in the death of his son in Bolivar, Mo. Sunday night.

Chad Aaron Baker faces a first-degree murder charge, a domestic assault charge and an armed criminal action in the death of his son. Police are not releasing the 12-year-old’s name.

Chief Webb says officers responded to a home in the 1300 block of West Parkview St. around 10 p.m. Sunday. The death happened at the boy’s grandparents house, where the family had been staying. Police say the boy’s step grandfather found his body and called police. They do not know exactly when the crime happened, but believe it was within hours of the call. Investigators do not know what led up to the apparent attack.

“We have no idea so far,” said Lt. Roger Barron, Bolivar Police Department. “Motive is completely unknown at this point. We’re still working to try and develop that.”

Police arrested Baker at the scene. Detectives found a large piece of steel near the residence with blood on it. Police did not interview Baker.

Police say the boy did not go to school in Bolivar, but likely somewhere in Cedar County. They are not releasing any names at this point. The boy’s father is being held in the Polk county jail.

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