A grand jury in southeast Ohio has indicted a couple after authorities said an 18-month-old was seriously injured in a meth-lab spill.
Authorities said the child was 15 months old when she suffered second- and third-degree chemical burns, while living with her mother near Logan in April.
She spent two weeks in a Columbus hospital afterward.
“This is probably the worst child endangering case that I've ever come across, as far as burns,” said Hocking County Sheriff’s Detective Ed Downs.
The mother, 24-year-old Angela Jordan, and her boyfriend, 26-year-old Adam Taulbee, were indicted and charged with child endangering.
Taulbee is serving prison time on an unrelated charge, and Jordan was arrested Tuesday.
On Wednesday, Jordan was held in jail on $25,000 bond. She would have to pay 10 percent to get out of jail, and if she does get out, she would be ordered to wear a GPS monitor.
Jordan’s neighbors told 10TV they were upset over what happened to a toddler, who they described as a sweet and loving child.
“She's always happy. Giggly, she never cries or anything like that,” said neighbor Amanda Wilson.
Wilson said she often takes care of the child, like her own.
She said the evening of the alleged incident, Jordan and Taulbee had asked her to keep the young girl overnight.
She said she couldn't and was furious to find out about the injuries the next day.
“Being a parent, I would never want to hurt my kids intentionally. And I would make sure there is nothing around me to intentionally hurt my kids,” said Wilson.
Detectives said the child is undergoing treatment and recovering from the chemical spill.
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