Blotto Kentucky Man Puts Baby in Oven Overnight

Larry Long called psych ward after realization; baby unharmed
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 17, 2010 1:40 PM CDT
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(Newser) – Kentuckian Larry Long smoked some dope at work Sunday night, came home to his infant son and girlfriend, drank the lion’s share of a fifth of whiskey, and then put the baby in the oven overnight. The five-week-old is all right, given that the oven was off and the door slightly open. Long called a psychiatric facility once he’d realized his error, which then called the police. He’s being held on charges of wanton endangerment.

Long apparently stayed awake, drinking, after the baby’s mother went to sleep. She was awoken by the child’s crying, and discovered him in the oven, where he had been for many hours. The mother's family was granted emergency custody of the infant. Still, police have a certain grudging respect for Long. “He actually called a mental health crisis line immediately thereafter,” a sheriff tells CNN.

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