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Family says child drowned in pond under mother's watch

HOLT, MO (KCTV) -

The family of a 19-month-old said authorities are investigating after the young girl drowned in a pond while under the watch of her mother.

The Clay County Sheriff's Office would only say that there was an incident at a pond in Holt, MO, and that it is under investigation.

A farm property just beyond a hill off of Shanks Road is where the child's father brought his daughter to spend time with her mother. That day was the last time Joshua Crawford saw his 19-month-old daughter, Josslyn Crawford.

"She was living with me and her mother hadn't seen her in 30 days, so I understood. So I let her go out there," he said.

Crawford said the farm is where Josslyn's mother, Amberlyn Assel Farrow, lives with her brother.

I told her (Amberlyn) she could stay with her for two weeks and I would be there this Sunday to pick her up," Crawford said.

But Crawford said he will never be able to see Josslyn's infectious smile again. He received a distraught call late Wednesday night that the little girl had drowned in a pond on the rural Clay County property.

"I'm so confused, I don't even know. There are so many different stories going on. I just want the truth of what happened to my baby," he said.

Crawford said he broke up with Farrow two months ago and the little girl lived with him without any legal custody arrangements most of the time. He said the two parents wanted to work out the custody arrangement outside of court.

The Clay County Sheriff's Office spent most of Thursday questioning Farrow. She has been released and no charges have been filed at this time. They said they continue to investigate and will release more information Friday afternoon once the coroner finishes an autopsy.

KCTV5 has been unable to reach Farrow for comment.

Josslyn's family has established a fund to pay for her funeral. Those wishing to donate to her memorial fund can write checks to:

Josslyn Whitley Crawford
in care of Williams Funeral Home
1400 S. Maguire
Warrensburg, MO 64093

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