EYEWITNESS LOCAL NEWSDeputies Arrest Two People They Said Made Meth Where Young Child Was Living
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Reported by: Bethany Simmons
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Aug. 14, 2013 11:51 AM EDT
Updated: Aug. 14, 2013 1:18 PM EDT
Fayette County, WV , West Virginia
Fayette County deputies arrested two people they said were operating a methamphetamine lab inside a home where a young child was living.
Dennis Brooks, Jr., 29, and Shannon Phillips, 23, both of the Sewell Mountain area were charged with operating a clandestine drug laboratory and child endangerment.
Deputies discovered the meth lab about 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at a mobile home on U.S. 60 in the Sewell Mountain area, about three miles east of Rainelle.
Officers said when they arrived at the trailer and gained consent to enter the residence, Brooks and Phillips attempted to jump out of a window and take off. They discovered a fully-operational clandestine methamphetamine laboratory in use, along with a young child, Sheriff Steve Kessler said.
Officers immediately left the scene and called for fire department and law enforcement assistance to properly dismantle the lab. Crews were on scene for nearly five hours before the lab was rendered safe and toxic chemicals were removed from the residence, Kessler said.
"The fact that these individuals had a small child in the residence while operating this clandestine laboratory just makes the situation that much worse," Kessler said. "These parents showed total and reckless disregard for this child's safety by exposing the child to these dangerous chemicals and to the possibility of fire or explosion."
Deputies said they discovered this lab due to a tip they received. You are encouraged to submit tips of drug activity by calling the Fayette County Sheriff's Office at 304-574-4216 or on its website
Child Protective Services took custody of the child. Brooks and Phillips were taken to the Southern Regional Jail to await arraignment.
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