The state is seeking custody of the mother of a toddler who died at Wayne County Hospital late Saturday after allegedly drinking caustic chemicals related to the production of methamphetamine.
The young child's 14-year-old mother and 19-year-old father were charged with murder in the death of the 20-month-old, and both are also charged with manufacturing methamphetamine.
The juvenile mother was in front of a judge in Albany Tuesday, and a gag order was reportedly issued in the case, as high security was reportedly needed when a large crowd arrived for the girl's detention hearing. She was reportedly to be before a different judge on Wednesday as the state is seeking custody of the 14-year-old.
The mother's name was not released by the Kentucky State Police because of her age. Police identified the the father as Bryan Daniels of Monticello.
Four others from Monticello have been charged in relation with the incident. The other adults charged with manufacturing methamphetamine: Danny Anderson II, 26; James Hunt, 24; Alisha Dicken, 21; and Wesley Bell, 24.
The child was pronounced dead in the emergency room at Wayne County Hospital near midnight Saturday. The group apparently was operating out of two homes in the Boston Hill Road area, police say.
Preliminary results from an autopsy have reportedly indicated that the 20-month-old male child died from ingesting one of the precursor chemicals created during the production of the illegal stimulant methamphetamine.
Russell Springs Police Chief Joseph M. Irvin said this community is not immune to the scourge of this highly addictive drug.
He said no "meth" arrests have been made in this area for a while, but that the drug seems to be gaining ground in the region, after production of the home-made high had shifted out of the area when some of the supplies needed for making the high-powered upper became hard to come by.
Legislation had forced retailers to require signatures to purchase the chemicals.
Just as the resulting chemical is deadly many of the chemicals used in making it are deadly, such as perchloric and hydrochloric acids, chloroform, ether, metallic sodium and anhydrous ammonia.
The process of making the drug creates explosive, poisonous and highly corrosive intermediate chemicals during the process of its manufacture.
Irvin said local law enforcement is looking into allegations of meth production and distribution in this county, though, he said, most of what has been found here in the past came up from Tennessee, or border counties of the state.
Editor's note: the methods for making the drug vary and the chemicals listed above are from different processes and are therefore not always present in a "lab" while other dangerous chemicals are needed for its manufacture, regardless of the "recipe." Ephedrine and pseudo ephedrine are among the chemicals required to make the drug, which are now controlled by law in Kentucky.
Meanwhile a "lab" in Laurel county was located by lawenforcement during the last week, while those involved in attempting to import methamphetamine into Kentucky last year were sentenced to jail in Federal Court last week, as others were indicted on similar charges in federal court this week..