Paducah, KY - Larry Long’s wife woke to the sound of her 5-week-old infant crying early Monday morning. Funny thing though, the child wasn’t laying in his bed screaming for breakfast – he was in the oven. Those little suckers turn up in the strangest of places, don’t they? Can’t turn your back on ‘em for a second. And how did the child end up in the oven? Seems daddy had been imbibing the night before and for reasons known only to him, he decided the oven was as good a place as any to store the infant. According to Larry, he had smoked a little mary jane before leaving work Sunday night. He told officers that he felt a little off afterward, like maybe the pot had been laced. He also claimed he had been hallucinating. Regardless, when Larry got home, him and the wife shared a fifth of whiskey. She took several shots and headed to bed at about 11:00 or 12:00 p.m., leaving Larry to finish off the bottle. At some point after midnight, Larry placed the infant in the oven. Fortunately, he didn’t turn the damn thing on.
The mother’s other children, ages 10 and 14, were in the home that evening and both reportedly saw Larry with the infant in the middle of the night, but neither witnessed him sticking the baby in the oven. The infant underwent an examination at the hospital and was found to be uninjured. Larry immediately called a mental health crisis line after he realized what he had done and they informed law enforcement. Larry, 34, was arrested and charged with first degree wanton endangerment, and bail has been set at $10,000. Authorities say additional arrests and charges are pending a thorough investigation. All three children have been removed from the home and placed with family members.