A 10-month-old baby was flown to Little Rock for treatment after ingesting methamphetamine allegedly dropped in the bathroom of a rural Mountain Home residence by a 32-year-old man who has been charged with two felonies.
William Kennerly surrendered himself Friday at the Baxter County jail and was released after posting a $100,000 bond on felony charges of endangering the welfare of a minor and administering a controlled substance to another.
In late November, a 10-month-old girl was taken to Baxter Regional Medical Center after she began behaving in an unusual manner. Medical personnel conducted tests and reportedly discovered the child had been exposed to meth.
The child was flown to Arkansas Children's Hospital in Little Rock where further testing confirmed the meth exposure. Additionally, testing there revealed the child also had been exposed to amphetamine, according to a news release from Baxter County Sheriff John Montgomery.
The parents of the baby girl were interviewed by personnel from the Division of Child and Family Services of the Arkansas Department of Human Services. The parents were drug tested as part of the investigation.
Other people living in the home were interviewed as part of the investigation, according to the news release.
According to the sheriff, "it was determined," Kennerly was snorting meth in the bathroom of the home and accidentally dropped some. Investigators believe, Montgomery said, the child crawled into the bathroom, found the meth, and ingested it.
Kennerly was interviewed by investigators. During that interview, Kennerly allegedly told investigators he had been crushing and snorting meth in the bathroom prior to the little girl becoming sick.
He also reportedly told investigators he was the only person in the home who was using meth.
Medical literature indicates children who are exposed to meth can suffer significant health issues as a result.
An affidavit is not yet publicly available so it is unclear what the maximum penalty Kennerly would face if convicted.
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