ARCHIVED STORY | Parents arrested in Pulaski County after toddler burned by drinking drain cleaner

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PULASKI COUNTY, Ky. (WKYT) - BURNSIDE, Ky. (WKYT) - Brittany Helton and Curtis Anderson were arrested Tuesday afternoon, a week after police say their one year old nearly lost his life.

Police say Helton took her son to a neighbor’s home where meth was being made.

“We know the mother took the child there, father knew drugs were being cooked there,” said Pulaski Co. Sheriff Todd Wood.

The toddler suffered serious burns but police had at first feared he ingested a fatal dose of the drain cleaner and airlifted him to UK in the early morning hours of August 21. As it turns out, he simply “sipped” from a cup of liquid fire and the chemicals splashed on his chest and legs, and drooled down his lips and chin. He’s now in the custody of social services.

Police say Brian Herrin lived in the home on US 27 South Loop 4 where the meth was being cooked. He and Krystal Hampton are still at large.

“They have been on the run since this happened,” said Wood.

Police say the charge of controlled substance child endangerment is a felony punishable by 10 to 20 years in prison.

News of the child’s accident and the meth allegations has become the talk of the small Burnside community.

“It shouldn’t happen to any kid. They should get the maximum,” said Roger Helton, a neighbor of the suspects who says he may be distantly related to the toddler's mother.

His grandmother says Hunter Anderson is doing better and that her daughter and Anderson cooperated fully with police and that a search of their home turned up no meth ingredients.

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