What the hell???
A drug-fuelled father shut his seven-month-old baby son in a freezer because he thought the kitchen floor was too dirty for him to sit on, a court heard. Chance Kracke, who has been jailed for ten years, picked up the baby in his arms and put him on the bottom shelf of the freezer in his home last August.
He then closed the door while he was preparing some food, police said. The 25-year-old, of Arizona, said he did not want the baby to get dirty by putting him on the floor, as the house was a mess. He left the baby in the freezer until he heard him crying a few minutes later and took him out, Maricopa County Superior Court heard.
The baby survived and only suffered a cut and a lump on his forehead, which police believe could be because he hit his head on the freezer door. Police were called to the house in Chandler after the baby’s grandmother raised the alarm because she was worried about the size of the lump.
Threatened: Leanne Kracke said her husband would have hurt her if she told police what had happened
Kracke and his wife, Leanne, had been smoking methamphetamine, or ‘meth’ – an illegal drug with side effects including diarrhoea, insomnia and headaches. They had been doing this every day for a month and a half at the time of the incident in August, the court was told.
Police visited the home in August after the incident and saw broken glass on the floor, cockroaches and smelt a ‘strong odour of faeces and urine’, reported television station ABC 15 last year. ‘The apartment was filthy with trash, dismantled electronics, sharp objects and alcohol within reach of the children,’ a police statement said.
Kracke pleaded guilty in court to two charges of child abuse. Judge Robert Gottsfield sentenced him to ten years imprisonment and lifetime probation. His wife told investigators that he threatened to hurt her if she revealed the incident to police. The 26-year-old pleaded guilty to two counts of child abuse and possessing drug paraphernalia. She was sentenced to lifetime probation last month.