Father accused of killing son behind garage in Bolivar

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UPDATE; Chad A. Baker is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree domestic assault, and armed criminal action in the death of his son.

According to a probable cause statement, when officers arrived, they located the victim lying on the ground behind the garage. The victim was unconscious and not breathing.

Two other male subjects were present when officers arrived. One subject was identified as s Chad A. Baker, the victim’s father.

The second subject told officers that Baker had killed his son. He said Baker had contacted him and said he “needed to talk to him.” The subject said he knew something was wrong so he went to the residence where he found the victim on the ground.

He said Baker admitted to him that he had killed his son.

A piece of steel appeared to be the probable weapon used.

BOLIVAR, Mo.– A Bolivar man is in the Polk County Jail Monday, August 17, after being accused of killing his 12-year-old son at a home in Bolivar.

Mark Webb, Bolivar chief of police, told KOLR10 that the boy was found with extensive head trauma behind a barn at the home in the 1300 block of East Parkview Sunday night.

An autopsy is planned in Springfield at 11 a.m. today, Webb said.

Officers were dispatched to the location about 10 p.m. Sunday after the boy was found lying in a grassy area behind the barn by his grandfather, the sheriff said.

Police Chief Mark Webb says detectives took evidence from the scene, which included a metal object that is believed to be the weapon used by the suspect. 

No motive has been determined at this time, Webb said. A probable cause statement is being prepared for the Polk County prosecutor to consider for charges to be filed.

Chief Webb says this is the second homicide of the year, something that is unusual for the city of Bolivar. He says the homicide that happened in March of 2020 was the first he’s seen in the past seven years with the department.

This is a developing story and we will update with information as it becomes available.

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