Charges Filed In Phelps County Toddlers Death

A Phelps County swimming pool incident led to a Rolla woman’s arrest. The Phelps County Sheriff’s Department received a call on Monday morning regarding a child falling into the pool at the residence of 33-year-old Emily Buell. The Phelps County Sheriff’s Office said on its social media that it received a call at 10:17 a.m. Monday about a 2-year-old boy allegedly falling into a swimming pool in the 11000 Block of Cedar Grove Lane.

Before the deputies’ arrival, the child was taken to Phelps Health by private vehicle, where the two-year-old was later pronounced dead.

Buell was charged Tuesday by Phelps County Prosecuting Attorney Brendon Fox with abuse or neglect of a child resulting in death, first-degree endangering the welfare of a child resulting in death, and first-degree involuntary manslaughter. She has been given a bond of $100,000. A court date has not been set.