Chandler, AZ - Chance Kracke told police he was high on meth when he stuck his 7-month-old son in the freezer last Thursday. He has a perfectly logical explanation for doing so though – the kitchen floor was too dirty. On August 16, Chance was in the kitchen preparing to make himself a snack, but found he couldn’t do so with his infant in his arms. What to do? He couldn’t lay the baby on the floor, it was filthy. Walking out of the kitchen and placing the child in his crib would have been far too much work, so Chance put the infant on the bottom shelf of the freezer, shut the door and prepared his food. He remembered where the child was a couple minutes later after hearing the sound of an angry and cold infant emanating from the freezer. He then took the baby out of the freezer and placed him on the floor. Police say the child ended up with a laceration on his forehead, possibly caused when the freezer door was shut on his face. The child also had bruises on several other areas of his body that were explained away with the old bed and couch stories.
Another child belonging to Chance and his wife was found next door at grandma’s apartment. That child, just 19-months-old, had suffered from a burn at one time or another and was also bruised. Chance and his wife, Leann, said the child was burned after playing with a lighter, but neither had an explanation for the bruises. A quick search of the Kracke’s apartment yielded roaches, hundreds of ‘em, scurrying through the kitchen and pantry; a rusty razor blade within reach of the children; two glass pipes with a white residue in the master bedroom closet; broken glass from an entertainment center; several open containers of chewing tobacco spit within reach of the children; and, of course, the obligatory piles of feces and puddles of urine – origin unknown.
Leann and Chance both admitted to being tweakers, having picked up the habit a couple of months ago. Both were arrested and charged with child abuse and possession of drug paraphernalia. Chance was also slapped with a charge of animal cruelty – seems he kicked his dog into an entertainment center a short time after putting the baby in the freezer.Tags: Animal Cruelty, Arizona, Chandler, Child Abuse, freezer, meth, possession of drug paraphernalia