August 15, 2016
State Attorney Bill Eddins announced today that Amber Nicole Cooley, 24, and Kyle Joseph Cooley, 27, were sentenced on August 11, 2016 and August 12, 2016, respectively, to 10 years in state prison by Circuit Judge Ross Goodman for charges that arose when a 3 year old child ingested ingredients used by the couple to manufacture methamphetamine in their home. The 10 year sentence is a minimum mandatory, requiring that the couple serve the entire sentence without receiving gain time.
The Milton couple entered pleas of no contest to charges of Manufacture of Methamphetamine in the Presence of a Child Causing Great Bodily Harm, Child Neglect Causing Great Bodily Harm (2 counts), Unlawful Possession of Listed Chemicals, Possession of a Controlled Substance, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia prior to being sentenced.
On December 9, 2015, Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a medical emergency at the Cooley home on Fleetwood Drive in Milton. Upon arrival they found a 3 year old child that had severe burns to the face, neck, mouth, and chest area. Amber Cooley stated that the child had swallowed drain cleaner, which contains a strong acid used in making methamphetamine. The child was taken by Life Flight to Sacred Heart Hospital for treatment and has been released but continues to undergo surgeries for injuries that will leave permanent scarring. Deputies found numerous items used for manufacturing methamphetamine inside in the Cooley home. A second child had chemical burns to the face and was also treated for these injuries.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant State Attorney Stephanie Pace.