By JOSH NEWTON
A third and final Tahlequah resident accused of endangering a 2-year-old while manufacturing methamphetamine has entered a plea in federal court.
Andrew Kelli Braddock, 20, was indicted in March along with Brenda Toniece Vann, 54, and Lisa Autumn Shiann Creech, 23. Braddock has been described by authorities as the boyfriend of Creech.
Prosecutors allege Braddock aided and abetted Vann and Creech to manufacture methamphetamine in a Tahlequah residence, creating a “substantial risk of harm to human life.”
Vann allegedly denied to investigators that she knew how a toddler – Creech’s child and Vann’s grandchild – suffered severe chemical burns to her body in late January.
The child was taken to a local hospital, and after investigators met with Vann, they went to her residence and discovered several items used in the manufacture of methamphetamine. Authorities also said they discovered a meth lab.
Vann allegedly went to her home, while the toddler was being treated at the hospital, and moved the items out of the house and into a vehicle, fearing the lab and components would be discovered by police.
Charges against the three were a result of an investigation by the District 27 Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force, Cherokee Nation Indian Child Welfare, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Vann and Creech pleaded guilty to their federal charges last week.
Braddock could face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000.
All three are in the custody of the U.S. Marshal Service until they are formally sentenced.