Parents charged with criminal abuse have criminal past

BIG CREEK, Ky. (WKYT) – Many of those who live close to Sonny Ray Gray and Christina M. Collett in Clay County didn’t want to talk about the troubling story. Some on Rocky Fork Road saw our crew pull up, but quickly went back inside and didn’t answer their doors.

We did find one woman who would talk to us, but she asked that we not identify her or show her face on camera.

“People should be better parents than that. They should watch their children closer,” she said, speaking of the allegations against the Big Creek couple.

Police close to the situation say they’re not exactly sure what the toddler ingested. Yet they say they are certain it was some kind of chemical used to make meth that burned his stomach and lungs.

“I’ve been around him a few times, I know he is a good kid. No kid deserves that,” said the woman.

In tracking down information about the parents, we found out in court records, that the boy’s father, Sonny Gray, has been in trouble many times on drug offenses, most recently in March of this year and once before on meth charges in September of 2010.

Police say that Gray and Collett brought him to the Manchester hospital after he started choking on at their home.

The warrant for their arrest states that the boy had “chemical burns to his lower abdomen” and that something had “caused (a) chemical irritation to..inside of minor child’s lungs.”

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