Just under two weeks ago the Ohio County Sheriff's Office got a phone call from social services regarding a two year old who had suffered burns to her lips, tongue, mouth, and esophagus. That toddler was Frankee and that phone call led to the arrest of her mother, Rachel Arroyo and mother's boyfriend, Jared Mcstoots.
"Searched the residence and found out what ended up being some precursors to making methamphetamine." said Major Steve Kimble, Ohio County Sheriff's Department.
Police say a home on Narrows Road in Fordsville is where Frankee ingested the chemicals. Once the adults discovered the accident occurred, police say it took approximately six hours before the two year old was brought to the hospital.
"You know it's around, but to have it happened and to have it happen to a child ... It just kills you." said Don Adams of the "Frankee's Voice" Facebook group.
The incident involving the toddler is the last straw for many in the community. Groups like "Frankee's Voice are rallying together not only to help the ill child, but to help anyone who could become a victim of drug abuse.
"It can totally mess up an individual's life or a whole family's life. Then it's come to something like this. I can't even put it into words how bad it is, and how sad it is." added "Frankee's Voice" member, Miranda Smith.
The Facebook group says Frankee's condition is getting better. They say she can now breathe on her own and she's even smiling a bit.
However, the road to recovery is expected to take a while.
Arroyo and Mcstoots are each facing multiple meth related charges. Police say Mcstoots mother, Loie Mcstoots has also been arrested on several drug charges.
A benefit for Frankee is being held July 6 at Maloney's in Owensboro. The event is scheduled to have live music, door prizes, and a bike show. The event will end with a benefit ride that's expected to include hundreds of riders. 100% of the donations will go to Frankee and her medical aftercare.
For more info or donations contact:
Don Adams: firstname.lastname@example.org (270) 256-5430 or (270) 298-9100
Miranda Smith: (270) 256-4179