On Dec. 11, 2013, the Missouri State Highway Patrol’s Division of Drug and Crime Control, was asked by Ray County Sheriff Gary Bush to assist with a death investigation. On Dec. 10, 2013, the Ray County Sheriff’s Office was notified by telephone of a structure fire, which was later determined to be a trailer located in Orrick, Missouri.
Two children, Roger Garrison, age 3, and Ashton Garrison, age 1, were found dead inside the trailer. As a result of the subsequent investigation by investigators with the Division of Drug and Crime Control, Ray County Sheriff’s Office, the Missouri State Fire Marshall’s Office, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives, a warrant was obtained and Randy M. Garrison, 31, of Orrick, Mo., was arrested for two charges of abandonment of a child in the first degree — a Class B felony.
Garrison is being held at the Ray County Jail on a $100,000 bond.
The charges for which Garrison was arrested are mere accusation and not evidence of guilt. Evidence in support of the charges must be presented before a court of competent jurisdiction whose duty is to determine guilt or innocence.