Tahlequah grandmother back in jail on drug charges


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Updated: 2/11/2013 9:21 am Published: 2/08/2013 6:23 pm


A woman arrested after her grandchild was burned by chemicals used to make meth is back behind bars two days after getting out.

On February 1st, 55-year-old Brenda Vann was arrested for child endangerment and meth charges after her 27 month old granddaughter showed up at the Tahlequah City Hospital with severe burns on the left side of her from her underarm down to her waist.  

Vann was released on a $75,000 bond Tuesday.

On Thursday, Tahlequah Police responded to calls of a car broken down on Muskogee Ave and Fourth Street. The officer ran a quick search on the three women in the car and found Vann had two warrants on failure to appear in court for charges dating back to 2004. She was arrested. After police searched her vehicle they say they found 7 small zip-locked bags with meth and two with marijuana.

“I can’t say that it shocks me but it’s disheartening that people continue to do this,” said Tahlequah Police Chief Clay Mahaney.

He showed FOX23’s Dontaye Carter pictures of the drugs found in Vann’s car on Thursday night.

“It’s very upsetting for me,” said Dana Daniels, a mother of one.

She couldn’t believe a woman just arrested for her part in her granddaughters severe burns would be caught with drugs just days after getting out of jail.

“I think she should have been kept in jail,” said Daniels. “There’s no way she should’ve ever been released when the child was found burned.”

Mahaney believes stricter laws on meth could keep people behind bars longer. But added once they’re out it’s still up to them to stay clean.

“I think the number one thing is their willingness to get off of it,” Mahaney told FOX23.

He believes if they can make that their priority, it will keep children like Vann’s granddaughter out of harm’s way.

“I feel for these people. I feel for the children mainly because they weren’t asked to be put in that situation,” said Mahaney. “I just ask that these people use their heads.”  

Vann will remain in a holding cell at Tahlequah Police Department for ten days. Then she will be transferred to the Cherokee County Detention Center where she can see about getting a bond.

She faces charges of manufacturing meth and child endangerment for the incident involving her granddaughter.

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Mayor Maynot - 2/9/2013 5:59 PM
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Durty Sermon #8^]] no they call the tag into dispatch and dispatch radios the status of that vehicle so the officer can decide IF he needs to call fir assistance.

Unwashed Mass - 2/9/2013 5:42 PM
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Do Tahlequah police always check motorists for warrants before helping change a tire or whatever?

steve13806 - 2/8/2013 9:32 PM
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she should stay in jail until her court date an have no bond set for her

steve13806 - 2/8/2013 9:32 PM
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she should stay in jail until court date an never to get to see her grandchild agine

Nickki - 2/8/2013 8:33 PM
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Hmmm, trouble seem's to just follow SOME people wherever they go. Serves her right!
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