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Father charged after son ended up in Spur Pond

The three-year-old had to be rescued from Spur Pond by a Kirksville police officer. (Adair County Sheriff's Office)

A northeast Missouri father is facing a felony charge after his little boy wandered off.

The three-year-old Kirksville boy ended up in Spur Pond along Osteopathy Street last Wednesday night where he was rescued by Kirksville Police Officer Jason Underwood.

The toddler was not injured during the incident.

Court documents state that the boy's mother had left the child in his father's care at the family's home on in the 900 block of West Gardner Street while she went to the store.

Now, the boy's dad, Theodore Holloway, 27, of Kirksville, is charged with felony Neglect of a Child.

According to court papers, Holloway, who was playing video games in another room, had left the boy watching TV in a back room of the residence.

He told officers he checked on the child about 15 to 20 minutes after his wife had left, and he was fine.

Holloway said he gave the toddler a bottle and returned to playing video games.

About 30 minutes later, his wife returned home, a door was open and the boy was gone.

Holloway told police the door was broken, and he didn't think his son was able to open it.

The investigating officer said when he went to the home the next day, the door and frame had been removed and were in the process of being replaced.

Holloway is being held in the Adair County Law Enforcement Center on $10,000 cash-only bond.

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