Commonwealth Journal

August 27, 2013

Warrants out for four wanted in child endangerment case

Child drank drain cleaner at location where meth allegedly being made

by Chris Harris
Commonwealth Journal

Burnside —

Four people are being sought by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department for allegedly allowing a young child to drink dangerous drain cleaner.
According to the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, warrants have been issued for the arrest of Curtis W. Anderson, 23, Brittany N. Helton, 24, Brian K. Herrin, 36, and Krystal E. Hampton, 26, all of Old South U.S. 27 Loop 4, Burnside.
On Wednesday, August 21, just after midnight, a 20-month-old child was transported by Anderson, his father, to Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital for treatment of burns to the mouth, face, and chest, according to the sheriff’s office. The child was treated in the emergency room and then flown to the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington for treatment of the injuries.
Initial fears were that the child had ingested the acid, potentially leading to death, according to the sheriff’s office, but during treatment, doctors discovered that the acid had barely entered the mouth, burning the child’s lips, then spilled onto his chest and splashed onto his legs. This caused serious burns, but was not life-threatening.
AN investigation by the sheriff’s Patrol Division, Criminal Investigation Division, Narcotics Division and the Department for Community Based Services was initiated and several interviews were conducted with the mother and father of the child. 
As a result, authorities were able to piece together what they believe to be the events leading to the incident. During the evening hours of August 20, the child’s mother, Helton, took the child to the residence of Herrin, a neighbor. During that visit, the child picked a cup up off a table that contained what was reported to be “liquid fire.” The child attempted to drink from the cup, which led to the acid burning the child’s mouth and lips. The child then dropped the cup, which led to it spilling on his chest and down onto his legs, according to the sheriff’s department.
Immediately following the incident, Herrin and his friends Hampton allegedly fled the scene. Detectives has as of yet not been able to locate either for an interview.
A search warrant executed at the Herrin residence turned up several items used to manufacture methamphetamine, including muriatic acid, batteries, tubing, salt, and acetone, according to the sheriff’s department.
All four individuals involved have been charged with second-degree controlled substance endangerment to a child, a Class B felony. Herrin has also been charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, first offense, a Class B felony
The investigation is continuing by the sheriff’s Criminal Investigation Division and Narcotics Division.