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Father puts baby in freezer (among other things)

Posted by on Aug. 31, 2010 at 1:05 AM
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Ariz. Father Accused of Placing Baby Son in Freezer

 Karen Buckindail     11 hrs ago
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PHOENIX - An Arizona man reportedly high on meth put his young toddler son in a freezer for several minutes while he fixed himself a meal, police said.

The man and his wife face child abuse charges in the Aug. 16 incident and for raising their children in deplorable conditions, police said.

Chance Kracke of Chandler told police he was on methamphetamine when he placed his 7-month-old son in the freezer drawer as he prepared a meal at his apartment, said Sgt. Joe Favazzo, a Chandler police spokesman.

Kracke told police he placed his son in the freezer because the "kitchen floor was too dirty" and let him out after two or three minutes because the baby began crying. The child was fine, except for a cut and lump on his forehead, possibly from the freezer door, Favazzo said.

Investigators asked the child's mother, Leann Kracke, why she didn't report the incident and "she said Chance threatened to harm her if she did," according to a probable cause statement by police.

Police began investigating the couple Aug. 17, after the woman's mother called 911 about the child's lump and cut on his head, according to the probable cause statement. The couple also has a 19-month-old daughter.

"(The grandmother) said she became concerned after the bump doubled in size from the time he was dropped off, so she called 911 seeking medical attention," according to the statement.

The grandmother also told police she was contacted by Child Protective Services, who said she needed to surrender the children because the parents were being investigated.

When police spoke with Chance and Leann Kracke, they admitted to smoking meth over the past month and a half, police said.

"CPS took custody of both children," the probable cause statement states. "The hospital staff expressed concerns the explanations given by the parents didn't seem to match the injuries."

On Aug. 18, police searched the Kracke's home and were met with a "strong odor of feces and urine" and cockroaches "in the hundreds," according to the statement.

Police noticed a "rusty razor blade on an end table next to the love seat that was in reach of both children." The apartment was littered with broken glass from where Chance Kracke allegedly kicked the family dog into a glass door on the entertainment center, according to the statement.

"Overall, the apartment was filthy with trash, dismantled electronics, sharp objects and alcohol within reach of the children," police noted in the statement.

"X-rays showed the 19-month-old ingested a screw that was expected to pass," according to the statement. Chance Kracke admitted to having anger issues and that he squeezed his son's stomach one time because he wouldn't stop crying, police said. 
Chance Kracke was arrested on suspicion of four counts of child abuse, two counts of possession of paraphernalia, and one count of animal cruelty for kicking the dog.

Leann Kracke was arrested on suspicion of two counts of possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of child abuse.

The Arizona Republic


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SweeThang931
by on Aug. 31, 2010 at 1:07 AM
Wow.... That's effed up!
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Kylie819
by Emerald Member on Aug. 31, 2010 at 1:07 AM
Sick.

Weird that their last name is 'crack'.
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omgamomie
by on Aug. 31, 2010 at 1:07 AM

WTF! Glad the babies are ok.

Water_geM
by on Aug. 31, 2010 at 1:07 AM

OK...Can you change your title?

some women on ehre are pretty sensitive to that kind of thing...maybe add a TMI...

CrystalCD
by on Aug. 31, 2010 at 1:07 AM

I know right....

Quoting Kylie819:

Sick.

Weird that their last name is 'crack'.


Mommyof2n13
by on Aug. 31, 2010 at 1:08 AM

omg thats so disgusting! They need to rot.

aidansmommy219
by on Aug. 31, 2010 at 1:09 AM
this is horrible!!!
some people are too freaking selfish. its sickening really.
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jenniepepsi
by on Aug. 31, 2010 at 1:10 AM

omg i am so sad for those babies. i hope grandma can get them and thier parents go to jail forever.

mavcoed
by on Aug. 31, 2010 at 1:11 AM

some people should not be parents

Doms_mama09
by on Aug. 31, 2010 at 1:12 AM
Wtf stories like this make me wanna hold my son and not let go!
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