Lincoln County man charged with child abuse while smoking meth

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Samuel Cook

TROY, Mo. – Deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 28-year-old man for allegedly burning a child with a meth pipe.

According to a sheriff’s office spokesperson, deputies were called to Mercy Lincoln Hospital in mid-January to investigate a possible child abuse case.

Deputies spoke with hospital staff and the mother of a 5-year-old boy. The mother told authorities she came home to find her son with a burn on his right hand. She said 28-year-old Samuel Cook burned the boy’s hand with a meth pipe.

Deputies went to Cook’s residence in the 100 block of Deer Run Court and found the meth pipe described by the victim. At the time, Cook refused to speak with deputies about the incident.

Investigators interviewed the child the following week and the child described having his hand burned by Cook.

Days later, the sheriff’s office learned Cook had checked himself into a substance abuse facility and that he’d told staff he burned the victim’s hand while smoking meth.

Cook spoke with investigators and admitted to burning the victim’s hand and said he couldn’t remember what happened due to being high on methamphetamine.

Prosecutors charged Cook with abuse of neglect of a child and first-degree endangering the welfare of a child. He remains in custody at Lincoln County Jail under a $5,000 cash bond.

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