Tahlequah Daily Press

April 24, 2013

Relatives of burned child plead guilty

By JOSH NEWTON
Staff Writer

TAHLEQUAH — The mother and grandmother of a toddler burned by a methamphetamine lab earlier this year have pleaded guilty to federal charges.

Brenda Toniece Vann, 54, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture meth; manufacturing meth; and manufacturing meth on premises where children are present or residing.

Lisa Autumn Shiann Creech, 23, pleaded guilty to manufacturing meth on premises where children are present or reside.

Vann, the child’s grandmother, was charged in Cherokee County District Court after the 2-year-old suffered chemical burns allegedly inflicted by a meth lab at Vann’s home. Vann and Creech both denied to authorities that they knew how the child was injured, but investigators said they later discovered a meth lab and several components of a lab.

While Creech was not charged at the state level, federal authorities indicted her, Vann, and 20-year-old Andrew Kelli Braddock – described as Creech’s boyfriend – in March. Prosecutors claim the three created a “substantial risk of harm” to the toddler.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Steven P. Shreder presided over Tuesday’s hearing for Vann and Creech. Both will remain in the custody of the U.S. Marshal Service pending their sentencing.