Wednesday, February 27, 2013

6 charged after child drinks Drano from sippy cup at Florida meth lab

 A young child remains in critical condition after drinking Drano from a children's cup at a Florida meth lab, authorities said Wednesday.

A total of six people have been charged in connection with the Feb. 20 incident, including the child's 36-year-old father, Jonathan Wayne Glass, of Milton.

The Santa Rosa County Sheriff's Office said the individuals were involved in the production of methamphetamines at an apartment in Milton. Deputies said the child was in the bathroom of the residence where Drano — a common component in the production of meth — was being stored in a child's sippy cup. The unsupervised child drank the chemicals from the cup, causing an immediate reaction.

The child was transported to an area hospital for treatment and remains in critical condition.

Santa Rosa County Police Deputy Rich Aloy said the area has dealt with meth labs since around 2003, but the department has shut down many.

"But this was different, because you had a child hurt," he said. "And they waited half an hour to call the sheriff's office, which may have compounded the child's injuries."

Glass was charged with cruelty toward a child with great bodily harm, and a raft of drug charges, including drug possession without a prescription, drug trafficking and possession of drug paraphernalia. He is being held in the Santa Rosa County Jail without bond.

The child's mother, Victoria Lauren Cain, 25, was charged with child neglect. Debbie Anne Harris, 43; John Quincy Adams, 45; Justin Eric Godwin, 30; and Ronnie Eugene Olson, 39, also are facing drug charges in connection to the alleged meth lab.

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