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      Authorities investigating 2-month-old's death

      Graham Bond was arrested and charged with felony counts of endangering the welfare of a child, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled substance and maintaining a public nuisance.

      Police are investigating the death of an Eldon baby.

      On Thursday, Eldon Police responded to 103 S. Maple St. for reports that a 2-month-old was unresponsive.

      Eldon police said the child was taken to Lake Regional Hospital, where the baby was pronounced dead. The baby was taken to University Hospital in Columbia for an autopsy.

      Eldon police, who noted the scent of marijuana in the residence, called the Highway Patrol's Division of Drug and Crime Control to investigate. Officers found several drugs including meth, marijuana, morphine, hydrocodone and other perscription drugs. They also found needles, syringes, a scale and packaging materials inside the apartment.

      Several residents were just finding out about the incident Monday.

      A shocked neighbor who knew Bond's family learned of the baby's death at church Sunday when her pastor asked church-goers to keep the family in their prayers.

      "They've been here for many, many years. I've known them since about 1970. [They're an] upstanding family. They live here in town, just a couple of blocks away from here. A very, very fine family," Janet Wolfe said.

      Graham Bond, 32, and Elizabeth Burnett, 25, were arrested and charged with felony counts of endangering the welfare of a child, possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute, possession of a controlled substance and maintaining a public nuisance.

      Bond and Burnett are each being held on a $100,000 bond.

      A 3-year-old toddler was present at the location when the 2-month-old was found unresponsive.