MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

March 15, 2013

Meth, injury to child case to be heard in fed court


Phoenix Staff Reports

— A woman charged in Cherokee County for allegedly injuring her granddaughter while cooking meth will have her case heard in federal court.

Brenda Toniece Vann is one of three people arraigned Thursday on drug charges in United States District Court for the Eastern District of Oklahoma, according to a media release.

The release states Vann, 54, Lisa Autumn Shiann Creech, 23, and Andrew Kelli Braddock, 20, all from Tahlequah, are charged with:

• Conspiracy to manufacture methamphetamine.

• Manufacture of methamphetamine.

• Endangering human life while illegally manufacturing controlled substances.

• Manufacture of methamphetamine on premises where children are present or reside.

The indictment alleges the defendants manufactured 50 grams or more of methamphetamine between Aug. 31, 2012, and Jan. 23, 2013.

Vann was arrested in February after Tahlequah City Hospital employees notified law enforcement that Vann’s granddaughter was being treated for chemical burns.

Vann originally told investigators with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office that she didn’t know how the child was injured, but then allegedly admitted she used and cooked methamphetamine. Sheriff’s officials searched Vann’s home and found methamphetamine lab components inside her vehicle, they said.

Vann was arrested in early February, according to court documents, was freed on $75,000 bond, then arrested days later during a traffic stop and allegedly found to possess methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Vann was charged in Cherokee County District Court on Feb. 14 with child neglect and endeavoring to manufacture a controlled dangerous substance. She was charged Feb. 26 with possession of controlled dangerous substance and unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia. Those two charges will be heard at the state level at 9 a.m. April 1.

Neither Creech or Craddock were charged in state court.