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Dad arrested after apparently placing child in oven

Larry Long (Photo: McCracken County Sheriff's Dept.) Larry Long (Photo: McCracken County Sheriff's Dept.)

By Heartland News

PADUCAH, KY (KFVS) - A 34-year-old father who lives in the Paducah area was arrested Monday after he apparently put his five-week-old child inside an oven.

The McCracken County Sheriff's Department identifies the suspect as Larry Long, 34, who lives on Cold Springs Road in the Reidland community.  Long was booked into the McCracken County Regional Jail on charges of wanton endangerment.

According to deputies, the infant's mother told investigators she was awakened Monday morning by the sound of a baby crying.  She said she went into the kitchen and found the child in the oven.  The door was not completely shut and the oven was turned off.

Detectives believe the child could have been in the oven for a few hours.  The child was taken to a hospital for observation but was not hurt.

Long said he must have unknowingly placed the child in the oven, which investigators believe he likely did as a result of alcohol and/or drug use.  Detectives said it was reported Long had smoked marijuana before leaving work Sunday night; Long told investigators it made him feel strange and that the marijuana may have been laced with something.  He also claimed he had been hallucinating.

Together, both Long and the child's mother drank about a fifth of whiskey when Long returned home from work, investigators said.  The mother went to sleep after taking several shots of whiskey around 11 p.m. or midnight, but Long reportedly finished off the bottle of whiskey.

The mother's other children, ages 10 and 14, were also in the home and apparently saw Long with the infant in the middle of the night, but apparently did not see him place the child in the oven.

Sheriff's detectives obtained blood samples from both parents of the infant in an effort to determine their sobriety at the time of this incident.

The infant, along with the mother's other two children, were turned over to family members of the mother and awarded emergency custody pending further investigation.

Detectives said additional arrests and charges could follow.

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