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January 22, 2014

Duo who exposed child to meth lab chemicals sentenced

Herrin & Helton face 13 years imprisonment

Somerset —

Two people were sentenced last week for their part in exposing a young child to meth-making ingredients. 
According to Pulaski County Commonwealth’s Attorney Eddy F. Montgomery, Brittany Helton, 24, and Brian Keith Herrin, 37, both of Burnside, appeared in Pulaski Circuit Court on Jan. 16 before Judge Jeffrey T. Burdette for charges related to an August 2013 incident during which a young child, Helton’s then-20-month-old son, tried to drink “Liquid Fire” drain cleaner while at Herrin’s residence. 
Herrin, Helton, Krystal E. Hampton, 26, and the child’s father, Curtis W. Anderson, 23, were arrested in late August after police pieced the incident together and tracked the suspects down.
The investigation began after the young boy, who would be approximately 24 months old now, was treated at Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital and later the University of Kentucky for burns to the mouth, face and chest. 
Anderson took the young boy to the hospital after the incident occurred. 
Initial fears were that the child had ingested the drain cleaner, potentially leading to death, according to investigators, but during treatment, doctors discovered that the acid had barely entered his mouth, burning the child’s lips. The liquid then spilled onto his chest and splashed onto his legs.
The child allegedly tried to drink the cleaner, thinking it was something else, while at Herrin’s residence on Aug. 20. Investigators stated that Helton took the child to Herrin’s residence. 
All four people live on South U.S. 27, Loop 4, in Burnside.
Immediately following the incident, Herrin and Hampton allegedly fled the scene. A search warrant executed at Herrin’s residence turned up several items used to manufacture methamphetamine, including muriatic acid, batteries, tubing, salt, and acetone, according to investigators.
The four defendants’ cases had been progressing as part of the Rocket Docket program, during which defendants waive their rights to a grand jury hearing in order to reach a quick plea deal. But offers from Montgomery’s office were quickly withdrawn in September after Helton appeared to do an about-face during a hearing in front of Pulaski Circuit Judge Jeffrey T. Burdette. 

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