Tahlequah toddler burned by meth chemicals, authorities say
BY RHETT MORGAN World Staff Writer
Wednesday, February 06, 2013
2/06/13 at 1:11 PM
TAHLEQUAH – A 2-year-old girl is recovering from chemical burns reportedly sustained at her grandmother’s meth lab, Cherokee County Undersheriff Jason Chennault said.
Brenda Vann, 54, remains jailed in lieu of a $75,000 bond on complaints of child abuse and manufacturing methamphetamine, Chennault said. Vann was arrested Friday.
The toddler, who was treated at W.W. Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah, sustained burns on her side from her armpit to her diaper line, the undersheriff said. Chennault said he is unsure of the seriousness of the burn or whether the girl, now in Cherokee Nation protective custody, has been released from the hospital.
Vann was caring for the girl when the burns occurred, Chennault said. A search warrant conducted on the grandmother’s residence yielded a meth lab, lab components and the shirt the toddler apparently had been wearing when she was burned, authorities said.
Dog and cat feces littered the home, Chennault said.
“Investigators said that it was pretty nasty ... pretty much your typical meth house,” he said.
Brenda Vann, 54