In mid-January, deputies with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office responded to Mercy Lincoln Hospital for a report of suspected child abuse.
When deputies arrived, they spoke with hospital staff and the mother of the five-year-old male victim. According to the mother, she returned home and noticed a burn to the victim’s right hand. The victim told deputies 28-year-old Samuel Cook, of Lincoln County, burned him with his metal pipe and described the pipe having dice on it.
Deputies responded to Cook’s residence along the 100 block of Deer Run Ct, in Lincoln County and located the pipe described by the victim. Cook refused to speak with law enforcement about the burn at the time.
During a child forensic interview the following week, the victim said Cook burned his hand in the living room near the couch.
Several days later, investigators later learned Cook checked himself into a substance abuse hospital where he told staff he burned the victim’s hand while smoking meth. Cook later told law enforcement he has a substance abuse problem and took responsibility for the victim’s burn. Cook said he could not recall how the burn happened due to his intoxicated state.
Cook is charged with Abuse or Neglect of a Child and First Degree Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Cook is currently housed in the Lincoln County Jail under a $5,000 cash or bond surety and no contact with the victim. Other conditions of bond may apply.