The meth daddy is identified as STANLEY WAYNE RICE.
I get the impression that the parents did not live together. Otherwise, why would a neighbor have to call the mother? And why would it take days for her to identify the boy's whereabouts? In fact, it sounds suspiciously like Daddy had custody, though as is typical in these articles, there is no explanation regarding the child victim's family structure.
Okla. dad's meth lab explodes on bike, hurts son
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A father in Wagoner County is accused of causing injuries to his son when a shake-and-bake methamphetamine lab blew up while the 5-year-old boy was riding on the handlebars of his father's bicycle.
Wagoner County deputies said Thursday that 38-year-old Stanley Wayne Rice was on suicide watch at the jail, where he's being held on $100,000 bond for a child abuse complaint.
The Tulsa World reports ( http://is.gd/wAfImG ) that witnesses told authorities the boy was on the handlebars when a bottle he was carrying inside of a plastic bag exploded. The boy was burned on the left side of his face.
Officials say the witness called the boy's mother after seeing the explosion on Oct. 18 or 19. The mother found him on Oct. 21 and took him to a hospital.