WEAVER, Ala. (AP) - An 11-year-old Calhoun County girl is listed in critical condition today after picking up a soda bottle while playing outside her home and drinking a liquid that turned out to be hydrochloric acid used to make methamphetamine.
Weaver police said meth labs were found Wednesday in a nearby camper where the girl's cousin lived and that charges are expected to be filed against him. He fled before officers arrived and remains at large.
Kristen Michelle Kelley of Weaver is being treated at Children's Hospital in Birmingham. Family members said she suffered severe injuries to her throat and stomach.
Police said the girl's cousin will be charged with first-degree assault if the child survives. More serious charges could be filed if the youngster dies.
Officers said nothing drug-related was found in the family's home and no charges were filed against the parents, who had allowed the nephew to move the camper onto their property.
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