Kosciusko County officers have determined that the burns received by a Warsaw man Wednesday morning were the result of a meth lab explosion.
Kosciusko County Drug Task Force officers, along with Warsaw City drug officers, have located what they believe is the scene of a meth lab explosion that seriously burned a Warsaw man at approximately 8:59 a.m. Wednesday. Information was reportedly provided to undercover officers that led them to an undisclosed location near the intersection of Armstrong Road and C.R. 675 East, just west of North Webster Wednesday evening. D.T.F. officers located evidence of a one-pot methamphetamine lab that had apparently exploded, along with other meth-related items including precursors.
Wednesday morning, Kosciusko County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Kosciusko Community Hospital after Toby Daniel Jackson, 31, Warsaw, had been transported to the emergency room by his mother after suffering from burn wounds. Initial information provided by Jackson to officials was that he had been burning trash with gasoline and that it flashed back to the can, exploding and burning him. Jackson was then transferred to the St. Joseph Regional Burn Center, Fort Wayne, in serious condition with second degree burns to his arms, neck and hands.
Originally, Jackson had advised Kosciusko County deputies that he was at an unknown location on Backwater Road and had been reluctant to provide more detailed information as officers searched several locations throughout the day to no avail. Kosciusko County D.T.F. officers stated that potential charges related to the meth lab and items located at the incident scene are being forwarded to the Kosciusko County Prosecutor’s Office for review. Jackson remains in the burn unit at St. Joseph Hospital, Fort Wayne, reportedly still in serious condition.
Woman accused of injuring 2-year-old girl
Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department detectives arrested a Winona Lake woman Thursday afternoon after a recent investigation determined that she had allegedly injured a 2-year-old girl.
Department detectives stated that Karen Marie Bartley, 35, Robson Road, Winona Lake, was arrested on preliminary charges of neglect of a dependent/endanger life and causing serious bodily injury, a class B felony.
Deputies had reportedly initiated the investigation after being notified by Kosciusko Community Hospital officials Dec. 18 that a 2-year-old girl had been brought into the emergency room by her father and his fiancee, Bartley, suffering from instability and vomiting.
The child was immediately transferred to Lutheran Hospital, Fort Wayne, where it was determined that she had suffered a skull fracture.
Bartley originally stated that while she was watching the child, the 2-year-old had thrown a temper tantrum and repeatedly struck the back of her head against the floor. Medical officials advised detectives that the injuries were not conducive to the actions Bartley described. During interviews with detectives, Bartley later admitted that she had been playing with the child Dec. 18 and had become overly aggressive.
Bartley is currently incarcerated at the Kosciusko County Jail on a prosecutorial hold from the Kosciusko County Prosecutor’s Office.