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Man charged with letting baby drink meth ingredient

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Prosecutors have filed second-degree felony child-endangerment charges against a man who allegedly allowed his girlfriend's 20-month-old son to ingest sodium hydroxide, a chemical used to make methamphetamine.

The child suffered internal burns to his esophagus and stomach and required treatment at Primary Children's Medical Center after drinking from a bottle marked "vinegar" on May 21. Detectives, who were alerted by hospital staff, contacted the child's mother who told them the child spent the night at her boyfriend's home. Police went to the Murray man's home and detected the remnants of a meth lab, charges filed Monday in 3rd District Court state.

The mother told police she found the boy at 9 a.m. crying with burns around his face. She also located a bottle filled with clear liquid near the child. The boyfriend, 30, told police he had used meth earlier in the day and had set the bottle near the child, the charges state.

Monday a $100,000 arrest warrant was issued for the man's arrest.