Samuel Cook Mugshot

LINCOLN COUNTY, Mo. (KMOV.com)-- A Lincoln County man is facing child abuse charges for allegedly burning a child while smoking meth, according to police. 

In mid January, officers with the Lincoln County Sheriff Department arrived to a nearby hospital after being alerted of suspected child abuse. Once they arrived, a woman said she returned to her home where she noticed a burn on her 5-year-old son's hand.

The child then told deputies 28-year-old Samuel Cook burned him with his metal pipe while in the living room. Police said the child described the pipe as having a dice on it.  

Officers responded to Cook's home on Deer Run Court and found a pipe matching the description. Police said he refused to talk to investigators at the time about the incident.

Days later, investigators learned Cook checked himself into a substance abuse hospital where he told workers he burned the child while smoking meth 

While talking to detectives, Cook admitted to burning the victim. The 28-year-old told investigators that he doesn't remember the incident due to him being in an "intoxicated state."

Prosecutors charged Cook with abuse or neglect of a child and endangering the welfare of a child. 

Cook is currently being held on a $5,000 cash bond at Lincoln County jail. The investigation is ongoing.

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