Grandmother of burned toddler enters guilty plea

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Updated: 4/25/2013 10:04 am Published: 4/24/2013 10:13 pm

FOX23 has learned state charges against a mother and grandmother could be dropped in one of the most disturbing meth cases in our area where a toddler was severely burned.
54-year-old Brenda Vann and 23-year-old Lisa Creech pleaded guilty in federal court on Tuesday.

Investigators say a two-year old was exposed to more than one meth lab and numerous chemicals in her home when she was burned.

The child's mother, Creech, and grandmother, Vann, pleaded guilty to charges including manufacturing meth on premises where children are present or reside. Investigators say the child was burned from her elbow to her waist on her left side.

"I anticipate that once she is sentenced in federal court we may be dismissing the state charges," said District 27 District Attorney Brian Kuester.

He told FOX23 they would likely dismiss state charges because Creech and Vann would face the same charges and possibly serve a concurrent sentence.
"Possibly the most important thing we can do is to make sure that we do all that we can to remove children from that situation," said Kuester.

He hopes more people will speak out before authorities find other children in hospitals like that toddler.

"You need to keep your eyes open for children who are in situations like this who can't get themselves out of it," said Kuester.

Vann and Creech are scheduled to be sentenced next month.

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