Police: children burned in Lapeer by chemical used to make drugs
LAPEER, Mich. – The Lapeer Police Department has positively identified a substance found in a playground that caused burns on two children.
The incident happened August 2 in Lapeer’s Cramton Park.
A 1-and-a-half-year-old boy and a 14-year-old girl were burned by what Lapeer Police are calling an unknown substance that was on a slide on Thursday in Lapeer.
Lab results from the Michigan State Police Forensic Science Division identified the substance as Sodium Hydroxide.
Police this substance is a readily available retail product used as a strong basic compound found in many household cleaning products, but is also used to make home-made illegal drugs.
The investigation into who is responsible for the chemical compound appearing on the park’s slide is still under investigation.
Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Sergeant Craig Gormley at 810-664-0833.